Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte, Jan 6, 2017 – Region 8 has obtained 18% drug-cleared barangays since Barangay Drug Clearing Operations have been implemented in October 2016, says PCSUPT ELMER C BELTEJAR, the Regional Director of Police Regional Office 8.

He said that the entire region has three hundred seventy (370) barangays in different towns and cities that are already drug-cleared in collaboration with the Local Government Officials since the new administration launched its intensified narco-war.

PCSUPT BELTEJAR said that the number was the latest recorded so far as of January 3, 2017.

The region has a total of 2, 474 affected barangays from 4, 390 total number of barangays with a variance of 2, 104 total number of barangays to be cleared from drugs.

All these said barangays underwent rigorous evaluation down to the grassroots in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils and PRO8 aims to declare more municipalities/barangays as drug-free this year with the continuous implementation of Project Double Barrel-Alpha, Beltejar adds.

Moreover, the declaration of the drug-free barangays is based on the following factors: non-availability of drug supply; absence of drug transit/transhipment activity; absence of clandestine drug laboratory; absence of clandestine drug warehouse; absence of clandestine chemical warehouse; absence of marijuana cultivation site; absence of drug den, dive or resort; absence of drug pusher; absence of drug user/dependent; absence of protector/coddler and financier; active involvement of barangays officials in anti-drug activities; active involvement of Sangguiniang Kabataan 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.

Beltejar considers the police operations against illegal drugs a “success” with the drug supply in the region cut by as much as 90% since the implementation of Project Double Barrel-Alpha and has challenged more cities and municipalities to protect their communities from being infiltrated by illegal drugs.