The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will focus on Negros Occidental and Bacolod City for its anti-drug effort this year, an official said yesterday.
“Statistics will show that among the provinces in Western Visayas, our challenge area is Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City. We will be focusing there,” PDEA Western Visayas officer-in-charge Alex Tablate said.
Tablate said other provinces in the region have high performances in drug-clearing operations, that integrate all the anti-drug efforts of the government.
Apart from the drug-clearing operations, Tablate said he hopes they can also focus on moderately drug-affected barangays with the establishment of the Balay Silangan Reformation Center in Bacolod City this year.
Negros Occidental is 28.29 percent drug cleared while Bacolod City is 13.12 percent cleared, based on PDEA data.
As of its 18th deliberation, the Regional Oversight Committee cleared 170 out of the 601 barangays in Negros Occidental and eight out of the 61 villages in Bacolod City.
Meanwhile, data from the Police Regional Office 6 (Western Visayas) showed that from January to Dec. 19, 2019, the highest number of anti-drug operations was in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.
Of the 1,849 police operations during the period, 725 were by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) and 635 by the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).
The operations led to the arrest of 974 drug personalities in Negros Occidental and 635 in Bacolod City.
The operations resulted in the seizure of 3,657.53 grams of shabu and 10.3653 grams of marijuana in Negros Occidental; and 6825.4485 grams of shabu and 3857.856 grams of marijuana in Bacolod City.*PNA
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