SEVEN more barangays in Negros Occidental have been declared drug-cleared barangays by the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing chaired by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Barangays Cudangdang and Gahit of E.B. Magalona, Igmaya-an of Don Salvador Benedicto, Daan Banua of Kabankalan City, Cabacungan of La Castellana, Zone 16 of Talisay City, and Barangay II of Victorias City form part of the 15 newly-cleared barangays in Western Visayas.
The candidate barangays coming from the provinces of Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo and Negros Occidental were screened and assessed by the members of the committe chaired by PDEA-Western Visayas Acting Regional Director Alex M. Tablate.
Representatives from the different barangays assisted by their local government units (LGUs) presented and defended their applications and folders in compliance with the parameters of the Barangay Drug Clearing Program mandated by Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation 4 Series of 2021, with the Regional Oversight Committee (ROC) members conducting actual evaluation of each barangay-applicant.
On top of the 15 newly-declared drug-cleared barangays, 41 others successfully retained their status as drug-cleared.
Other newly declared drug-cleared included Barangays Intampilan of the Municipality of Panitan; Malag-it, Manapao, Solo, Sublangon and Yatingan of Pontevedra; Adlawan from Roxas City, all from the Province of Capiz; and Namocon, Tigbauan of Iloilo Province.
The PDEA in Western Visayas said it will continue to closely collaborate with the concerned counterparts to increase the number of barangays to be cleared through proper implementation of DDB Regulation and Omnibus Procedures in declaring a drug-affected barangay as drug cleared.