Maria Aurora, Aurora -- Some barangays in towns of Maria Aurora and Dipaculao have declared as drug-free as a result of massive, intensified campaign against illegal drugs, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said yesterday.
Ma. Aurora police chief Senior Insp. Bayani A. Balbuena said that Bgys. Poblacion 01, Alcala, Bazal, Cabituculan East, Cabituculan West, Suguit and Wesceslao, all in Ma. Aurora; and Bgys. Toytoyan, Diamanen, Laboy and Calaocan, all in Dipaculao, have been declared drug-free.
Senior Insp. Ullyses Jastiva, Dipacualo chief of police, said Calaocan is the first drug free barangay declared in this province. He said that there were parameters set in declaring a certain area as drug-free.
He cited the vital role of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), explaining that a barangay must have village officials implementing anti-drugs drive and active involvement of Sangguniang Kabataan to help maintain drug free.
Meanwhile, this third-class municipality in central Aurora is being groomed to be the next tourist haven after the nearby capital town of Baler.
Mayor Joanna Cabauatan-Salamanca, the first female mayor in the town’s 66-year history, said investors are seeking tourism investments in this town, particularly in Bgy. Dinadiawan.
“A group of businessmen in Cavite province is eyeing to put up a zip line in the area to make it more inviting,” Salamanca said.
She also said that the municipal government is prioritizing the development of tourist attractions to generate additional income for the people of Dipaculao, which is adjacent to the booming Baler.
Dinadiawan is where white sand beaches -- a long stretch of clean, fine golden white coastline -- abound, including the Ampere Beach, Borlongan Beach and Ipil-Mijares Beach.
The town also hosts the Dibutunan Marine Protected area and the Baul, Mano, Nas-nas and Lusso Falls.
She also said that Leticia Ombis, municipal tourism officer, is presently drafting the tourism plan for the town which has already formulated a tourism code during the previous administration.
Bounded in the northwest by Quirino, on the southeast by Baler Bay and Casiguran Sound, on the northeast and southwest by Dinalungan and Maria Aurora, Dipaculao is composed of 25 barangays, 11 of which are located along the Pacific Ocean and the rest in a portion of the Sierra Madre mountain range from where are sources of rivers, streams and mountain springs.
Salamanca said the municipal government is eyeing a sisterhood agreement with the city government of Makati, led by Mayor Abigail Binay, to enhance the town’s ties with the outside world.
Twin towns or sister cityhood ties are a form of legal or social agreement between towns, cities, provinces, regions and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.
Salamanca’s father, former Board Member Joselito Cabauatan, is a relative of Binay’s father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay.