NINE more municipalities in Mimaropa region have been declared as ‘drug-cleared’ following a thorough validation by government law enforcement agencies, local government units and other stakeholders, Police Regional Office 4-B director Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor announced yesterday.
The nine are the municipalities of Mansalay and San Teodoro in Mindoro Oriental; Magsaysay in Mindoro Occidental; and the municipalities of Calatrava, San Agustin, Concepcion, Sta. Maria, Banton and Corcuera in Romblon, Mayor said.
The official said that the nine municipalities were declared as ‘drug-cleared’ by the Regional Oversight Composed of the PRO4-B, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Armed Forces, LGUs, and other law enforcement agencies which validated certifications issued by concerned Sangguniang Barangay and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils or BADACs.
Mayor said the certifications were also made by concerned LGUs and BADACs in coordination with local municipal and city police stations which validated the reported absence of drug dealers and users, clandestine drug laboratories and other storage facilities and other illegal drug activities in the concerned areas.
“The nine Mimaropa municipalities are now declared free and cleared from any illegal drug activities pursuant to the parameters set forth by Board Regulation No. 2 Series of 2007,” the PRO4-B director said.
Mayor said that as of last May 31, a total of 185 barangays in the region have been declared and certified ‘drug-cleared’ while 269 others are now certified as ‘drug-free.’
He said 1,105 of the total 1,459 barangays in the region were initially identified as drug-affected while 269 out of the 354 identified ‘drug unaffected barangays’ are considered as ‘drug-free.’
Mayor said 85 other barangays are still being subjected for certification as ‘drug-free’ with the help of the PDEA. Efforts are also ongoing to rid 920 other barangays of any illegal drug activities.