POLICE Regional Office 2 director Chief Supt. Robert G. Quenery yesterday cited the valuable role being played by Cagayan Valley residents in their successful crackdown against illegal drug trafficking in the region which gained the distinction of having one of its own -- Batanes Island -- as the first province in the country to be declared ‘drug cleared’ by authorities.
“We attribute our string of victories against illicit drugs in the region to the full coopration and allout support being extended us by local government units, barangay officials and the community,” said Quenery as he and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Isidro S. Lapeña officially declared Batanes as ‘drug-free.’
Also present during the occasion were local government officials led by Batanes Gov. Marilou Cayco and Vice Gov. Ronald Agulto and Batanes police director Senior Supt. Agustin Tamangen.
Quenery also cited the solid partnership between the PRO2, the PDEA and other law enforcement agencies in the war on drugs in the region.
“Our success in the war against illegal drugs depends so much on the cooperation and assistance of the people, the help of the local government units and good partnership between and among the various law enforcement agencies. We can only sustain this victory if we continue to cooperate with one another. Stop cooperating and we will once again find ourselves and the future of our children in the clutches of the evil enterprise of illegal drugs,” Quenery said.
Batanes Island and 41 other barangays in Mindanao have been declared as ‘drug-cleared’ by the PDEA after passing a series of validation conducted in accordance with parameters set by the government, Lapeña said.
According to Lapeña, Batanes was issued a certification stating that the province is drug-free after complying with the parameters set forth by the Dangerous Drugs Board as provided in Section 8, DDB Board Regulation No. 3 Series of 2017, otherwise known as “Strengthening the Implementation of the Barangay Drug Clearing Program”.