524 barangays in La Union now drug-cleared, says PDEA

SAN FERNANDO CITY, May 10 (PIA) -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported that 524 barangays across the province of La Union, out of its 576 component villages, are now free from anti-illegal drugs.

 

While there are still few remaining villages yet to be cleared of illegal drugs, Agent Dean Pineda said during an interview over PIA's Tugstugan at Balitaan that PDEA continues to work closely with the local government units, concerned government agencies, and other stakeholders to attain a totally drug-free community.

“Patuloy po tayong nakikipag-ugnayan sa mga LGUs para sa tuluy-tuloy na roll -ut ng ating barangay drug-clearing program at nang tayo na ay maging drug-free,” Pineda said.

Strategies being implemented on this campaign are focused on the reduction of supply and demand, and  prevention of harmful effects.

She also said that before declaring a village free from illegal drugs, PDEA ensures that there is no presence of not even a single drug-related activity or personality in the community.

Meanwhile, 14 anti-illegal drug operations were conducted in the province for the first quarter of 2021.

Authorities were able to arrest a total of 15 high-value targets during said operations.

A kilogram of shabu amounting to Php7,581,526  and some 4.6 kilos of dried marijuana leaves worth Php568,800 have been confiscated, he added.  (JCR/VHS/CGC, PIA La Union)

By Caren Grace R. Cabanayan

 

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