THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao del Norte is monitoring possible areas in the province allegedly utilized for marijuana plantation.

This was revealed by PDEA provincial officer Clodito Cañada in an interview with Sun.Star Superbalita Monday.

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Cañada said they have received reports that several areas in the province have been turned into marijuana plantations.

"May natanggap kaming reports na nagsasabing may ilang barangays sa boundary ng Davao del Norte at Davao City na tinaniman ng marijuana," Cañada said.

According to Cañada, they are also monitoring several barangays in Tagum City where selling of illegal drugs are said to be rampant.

"Tinutukan din namin ang ilang barangay ng Tagum City para mahuli ang mga drug pushers," he said.

PDEA director Roybel Sanchez told Sun.Star Superbalita that they are grateful for the support of the local government in their campaign against illegal drugs.

"Very active sila sa aming demand reduction program lalung-lalo na ang Panabo City Anti-drug Abuse Council led by Ret. Col. Agosto Quilisadio kaya nagpapasalamat kami sa kanila, napakataas ng regard nila sa amin kaya naging easier ang among coordination," Sanchez said.

The official said they will work hard to keep the province drug free after their provincial office was inaugurated Friday in Panabo City. (AD)