JIPAPAD, Eastern Samar, August 4, 2018–The Philippine drug enforcement agency lauded the officials of Jipapad town for their cooperation and efforts to make the town illegal-drug free.
PDEA Regional Director Edgar Jubay said that the Philippine National Police’s campaign against illegal drugs will not be successful without the support of barangay officials, especially barangay captains who head the Barangay Anti Drug Councils or BADAC.
Jubay was in Jipapad to attend the ceremony declaring the town, drug cleared. He stressed that illegal drug use is “not just a peace and order problem, but also a health and a community issue, hence the cooperation of everyone is needed to solve the problem’.
Of the thirteen barangays, Brgy Dorillo was the only one not affected by drugs. Data from the PDEA showed that there were 92 users who surrendered under Oplan Tokhang, and not a single pusher was arrested.
Those who surrendered were assessed by the Department of Health as low risk, and they have finished the Local Based Rehabilitation program.
The local government unit has given them seed capital for their livelihood. Jipapad is the latest town to be declared drug cleared.
To date, 12 municipalities have been cleared by the PDEA, including Gen. McArthur, Mercedes, San Policarpo, Balangkayan, Maslog, San Julian, Can Avid, Balangiga, Sulat, Oras, Hernani and Jipapad.
Director Jubay hopes that the Eastern Samar province will be free from drugs and he is looking at Eastern Visayas to be declared the first drug free region in the country. (Eden Cidro/Este News)