AT least 403 more barangays have been cleared of illegal drugs under the administration so far of President Marcos Jr., PNP chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said yesterday.
Azurin said there are still 9,112 barangays throughout the country that are still subject to the continuing Barangay Drug Clearing Program (BDCP).
Azurin said the PNP, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies and stakeholders, “remains committed to clear the remaining 9,112 or 25.77 percent barangays in the coming years.”
“Rest assured that the entire police force is always ready to extend assistance during the implementation of intervention and rehabilitation programs for drug users in order to help them to become productive citizens again when they are re-integrated to the community,” said Azurin.
A total of 35,356 of the 42,046 barangays in the country were found to be drug-affected when the BCDP was launched in July 1, 2016, during the time of former President Duterte.
Of the number, 26,244 or 74.23 percent have been cleared of illegal drugs, the PNP said.
The number included the 403 barangays that were cleared from July 1 to November 1 this year.
“The whole of nation approach against illegal drugs through the Barangay Drug Clearing Program has successfully cleared 26,244 drug-affected barangays or 74.23 percent of the 35,356 barangays tagged as drug-affected,” PNP public information office chief Col. Redrico Maranan said in a statement.
The BDCP involves the conduct of anti-drug operations and rehabilitation of drug dependents in barangays.
The PNP also reported that 13,391 drug suspects have been arrested during the first 100 days of the Marcos administration, or from July 1 to October 1.
Azurin said 1,531 of the arrested suspects are “high-value individuals.”
“This notable breakthrough is a result of consistent and smooth coordination between the PNP and PDEA drug enforcement units for the past three months wherein 12,321 anti-illegal drug operations were conducted nationwide,” Azurin said.
“Consistent with our mandate – to serve and protect the citizenry, the PNP will continue to intensify its efforts in pursuit of our mission toward safer, more progressive and drug free community,” said Azurin.
Police seized P374,000 worth of suspected dangerous drugs and arrested four persons in buy-bust operations in Pasig City last Monday night.
Col. Celerino Sacro Jr., local police chief, identified the four through their aliases as Marvin, 41; Pakets, 42; Javen, 23; and Joel, 27, all residents of Pasig. – With Christian Oineza
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