The Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed Resolution Number 2020-630 declaring persona non grata all personalities engaged in marijuana cultivation including landowners where the illegal drugs are tilled, drug users, dealers or peddlers.
This supports similar resolutions of all the 13 municipalities in line with the intensified campaign against illegal drugs.
The passage of the measure is anchored on Republic Act Number 9165 otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs of 2002 as a safeguard measure to keep foremost the youth from the harmful effects of dangerous drugs physically and mentally.
Board Member Fernando Balaodan who sponsored the resolution said the SP is asking the locals to support the move. He appeals to the people to recognize what the government is doing curb illegal drugs operations in the country.
Even without the declaration, people he said are aware that illegal drugs destroy one’s future.
“Dayta koma ti pagpanunutan tayo kunak kadagidiay kakailyan idi nagawidak idiay Bakun. Adu pay met maymayat nga pagbirukan,” (I told the people back home in Bakun to ponder on that there are more decent ways of earning a living).
Based on the police reports, marijuana plantations still thrive in the mountains of some Benguet towns. In recent operations in Bakun alone, police operatives discovered and uprooted marijuana plants in sitios Lepsik, Mabilig and Mantugali in barangay Kayapa last November 21; in Sitio Pacda in Nov. 22 and in sitios Gilgil and Bao-edan last December 7 and 8 .
Marijuana plantations were also discovered in sitios Alingaw and Naboy-o, both in barangay Poblacion in Kibungan in Dec. 8. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)
By Susan Aro