“We are still hoping that more barangays in Bacolod City will be declared drug-cleared and we will still pursue this,” Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia said in reaction to the recent declaration of four more barangays in Bacolod as drug-cleared.
Aside from Barangay 5, the Regional Oversight Committee for the Implementation of the Barangay Drug Clearing Program also declared Barangays 15, 17, 18 and 24, as drug-cleared.
Leonardia submitted to the Regional Oversight Committee the list of 11 barangays in Bacolod City on July 26.
Executive assistant Samuel Montoyo, earlier said these barangays were required to submit documentary requirements and have their surrenderees subject to a community-based drug rehabilitation program. But only four barangays qualified after deliberation and assessment conducted by the Oversight Committee Wednesday.
He said these four barangays have complied with the documentary requirements while the rest have not completed their requirements and are scheduled for deliberation in October. These include Barangays 4, 6, 13, 23, 41, Pahanocoy and Montevista.
Leonardia thanked the barangay captains who have cooperated.
“This will not happen if they are not hands-on. After all this is a job for local government,” he said.
This means that not just the mayor, vice mayor and the councilors should be involved, but this will go down to the barangay level because the barangay officials are part and parcel of the government machinery. And, in fact, the directive of the Department of Interior and Local Government says it goes down to the level of the baranagy captains, he added.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran congratulated the four barangays, saying he hopes they, including Barangay 5, will maintain their status as drug-cleared because a revalidation is being conducted every three months and they will be required again to submit requirements to ensure that they will sustain and maintain their status as drug-cleared.
Familiaran said it is the role of barangay officials to monitor the activities of their constituents, especially the youth.*
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