Balibago declared ‘drug-cleared’ village
ANGELES CITY — The city’s entertainment village of Balibago has been declared a “cleared” barangay in terms of illegal drugs.
Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said his village was declared a “drug-cleared” barangay after about 85 percent of the 243 suspected drug pushers and users, who surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and barangay officials, already disengaged from their illegal activities.
Aside from this, the barangay also complied with all the requirement of IMPLAN 12-2016 otherwise known as the PNP Illegal Drugs Campaign Plan Project Double-Barrel.
“We conducted a continuous campaign to eradicate drugs in our community,” the barangay official said.
Mamac however explained that drug-cleared is different from drug-free barangay.
The village chief admitted that there are still a few individuals who did not stop in the drugs trade but said that the barangay is working hard to become a drug-free village.
“When you say that your barangay is drug-free it means that drug pushing and using totally stopped and we will not stop in our drive because we are aiming to be a drug-free barangay,” Mamac said.
An agreement was signed by the officials of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Badac) and Police Station 4 headed by Chief Inspector Sam Quebete.