Negros Occidental to host 20th drug clearing deliberation

NEGROS Occidental will host the upcoming 20th Regional Oversight Committee Barangay Drug Clearing Program deliberation tentatively scheduled in the first week of September.

The decision was made in a recent meeting with Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Negros Occidental Provincial Office, together with Moises de la Cruz, Executive Assistant I of Bacolod City.

The group discussed initial preparations for the upcoming 20th Regional Oversight Committee on the status of the community-based rehabilitation program of drug surrenderers as well as possible actions to be undertaken by the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council to support and assist barangays in complying with all the parameters required to be declared as drug-cleared barangays.

Based on PDEA records, Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, has more than 50 barangays that have submitted their intent for drug clearing, which will undergo initial on-site validation before being formally presented to the ROC.

Lacson has reaffirmed his full support to PDEA in the Anti-Drug Campaign.

It was also emphasized that health protocol standards and precautionary measures should be strictly observed during the conduct of said deliberation.


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