Drug-free Mabalacat villages to get P1M each
MABALACAT CITY – Six barangays in this component city, which were declared drug-free by the Philippine National Police (PNP), will receive P1-million each from the city government.
This was learned from Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales during the inauguration of the Bahay Pagbabago reformation center in Mawaque Resettlement Center for surrendering drug pushers and users.
Police Superintendent Juritz Rara, Mabalacat police officer in charge, said the six villages — Santo Rosario, Sta. Maria, Mangalit, Paralayunan, Bundagul and Sapang Balen — passed the 14 parameters.
These parameters include the non-availability of drug supply and absence of drug transit and transhipment activity, clandestine drug laboratory, drug warehouse, clandestine chemical warehouse, marijuana cultivation site, drug den, drug pushers, drug users, and protector/coddler and financier, the police official said.
To be declared drug free, a barangay must also have barangay officials implementing anti-drugs drive, active involvement of SK to help maintain the drug-liberated status of the barangay.
Drug awareness, preventive education and other related programs and processing desk for surrenderees will qualify a barangay to be declared as drug free.
Morales earlier pledged to give an incentive to barangays that will be declared drug free.
According to Rara, there were no drug related activities monitored in the said barangays from August 1 to October 11, 2016.
Morales led the inauguration of the single-storey reformation center dubbed Bahay Pagbabago in Mawaque resettlement in Barangay Sapang Biabas on Monday.
The Bahay Pagbabago, which can house approximately 40 reformists, offers one-month reformation program which includes lectures conducted by a religious group and livelihood programs in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development, City Health Office, City Agriculture Office, City Public Employment Service Office and Technical Education Skills and Development Authority.
Currently, there are 12 users of illegal drugs who surrendered and now enrolled in the reformation center manned by the Mabalacat police.