A total of seventy (70) Barangays in Zamboanga Del Norte after assessment and validation conducted by the Regional Oversight Committee were issued a certification as Drug-Free Barangays during the Ceremonial Declaration of Drug Cleared and Drug Free Barangays held at Zamboanga Del Norte Sports and Convention Complex, Dipolog City on July 19, 2017.
The seventy (70) Barangays were given the certificate as Drug Free Barangays by member of the Regional Oversight Committee under the Chairmanship of PDEA 9 Regional Director Lyndon P Aspacio.
The Cities and Municipalities with corresponding Barangays who were declared as Drug Free are as follows: Dapitan City (6), Dipolog City (5), Baliguian Municipality (1), Godod (2), Gutalac (2), Jose Dalman (2), Kalawit (2), Katipunan (1), La Libertad (2), Labason (2), Leon Postigo (2), Liloy (2), Manukan (2), Mutia (3), Pinan (2), Polanco (4), Pres. Ma.Roxas (8), Rizal (2), Salug (2), Sergio Osmena (1), Siayan (2), Sibuco (2), Sibutad (2), Sindangan (2), Siocon (2), Sirawai (1) and Tampilisan (2).
The members of the Regional Oversight Committee who graced the Ceremonial Declaration are LYNDON P ASPACIO - Regional Director, PDEA 9 as Chairperson, PAIZAL O ABUTAZIL - Regional Director, DILG 9 as Vice-Chairperson, PCSUPT BILLY B BELTRAN - Regional Director, PRO9, ARISTIDES C TAN - Regional Director, DOH 9 and Gov. ROBERTO Y UY of Zamboanga Del Norte, as Committee members.
The mentioned barangays were declared as drug-cleared in accordance with Dangerous Drug Board Regulation No. 3 - series of 2017, after meeting the following parameters: non-availability of drug supply, absence of drug transit/transshipment activity, clandestine drug laboratory, drug warehouse, clandestine chemical warehouse, marijuana cultivation site, drug den/dive or resort, drug pusher, drug user/dependent, protector/coddler and financier, active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities and active involvement of SK to help maintain the drug-liberated status of the barangay, existence of drug awareness, preventive education and information, and other related programs and existence of voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.
PCSUPT BILLY B BELTRAN, PRO9 Regional Director, said that with the declaration of additional 70 barangays being declared as Drug Cleared and Drug Free in Zamboanga Del Norte, he is optimistic that the local police and the local government Unit in the entire region would double their effort to meet all the required parameters in declaring “Drug-Cleared Status” of the drug affected Barangays in their respective localities.