Ten more barangays in Negros Occidental have been declared as drug-cleared, bringing to 25 the barangays in the province that are free of drugs, at least, for now.
Added to the list are Barangays, 1, 2,3 4, Camindangan, Manlocahoc, Cabadiangan, Mambaroto, Nauhang and Cayhagan, all in Sipalay City.
Chief Inspector Romeo Vargas, officer-in-charge of the Sipalay City Police Station, said yesterday that the declaration of the 10 drug-cleared barangays, had been certified by their Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils, with his concurrence.
Vargas said the declaration is expected to be signed today by Sipalay City Mayor Oscar Montillaand Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental,and PDEA regional director Julius Navales.
Sipalay City is composed of 17 barangays.
Vargas said all parameters set by the Dangerous Drug Board in the declaration of drug-cleared barangays were complied with.
Ten barangays in La Carlota City and five others in Salvador Benedicto had been declared earlier as drug-cleared, records of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office showed.
A barangay will be categorized as “slightly affected,” if two percent of its total population are drug personalities.
Barangays are to be classified as “seriously affected” if two percent to 20 percent of its total population are drug users, pushers or financiers.
The existence of at least one clandestine drug laboratory or marijuana plantation in the community, or if more than 20 percent of barangay total population are drug personalities,and the reported presence of three or more drugs dens, will merit a classification of “seriously affected” barangay.
Police records show that all the 61barangays in Bacolod City have been affected by drugs, while 499 of the 601 barangays in Negros Occidental, which is equivalent to 83 percent, were also affected by prohibited drugs.
Señoron, however, said it is the duty of the concerned barangay officials to maintain their villages as drug-cleared while with validation is a continuing process.*GPB
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