All barangays in the town of Alimodian, Iloilo province are now cleared of illegal drugs.
The Western Visayas Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug-Clearing Operation declared on Thursday nine remaining villages in the town as drug-free.
These villages received certificates from the oversight committee headed by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-6) Director Wardley Getalla.
Alimodian has a total of 51 villages.
Mayor Geefre “Calay” Alonsabe said they invested a lot of effort in their campaign against illegal drugs.
“Our hard work really paid off. This (drug-free status) is something that the people of Alimodian can be proud of,” he stressed.
The mayor vowed to maintain their strong drive in keeping the town free from illegal drugs.
A barangay can only be declared as drug-free if it meets the parameters set by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).
The parameters include the following:
- non-availability of drug supply
- absence of drug transit/transshipment 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 barangay officials in anti-drug activities
- 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
- existence of voluntary and compulsory drug treatment & rehabilitation processing desk