BORONGAN CITY, August 7, 2017–The town of Gen. MacArthur has been declared the first drug-cleared municipality in Eastern Samar and the whole of region 8.
According to the Provincial Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing the town was able to comply with the parameters set by the Dangerous Drugs Board.
The certification was presented to Mayor Flora Ty during a consultation-dialogue on clearing the barangays as illegal drugs free, held in Gen. MacArthur last Saturday.
Chief of Police, C/Insp. Don Archie Suspene, attributed this to the cooperation of the people especially in the barangays.
Of the 30 barangays, 13 were considered drug affected while the rest were drug free. But for Police Chief Suspene, the bigger challenge now is to sustain the drug cleared status.
Since the implementation of Project Double Barrel, 46 people engaged in illegal drug activities surrendered, 2 were arrested and there is one case of death under investigation.
Those who surrendered are now undergoing the community based rehabilitation program.
There are now 45 barangays in Eastern Samar, including the 13 from Gen MacArthur that are drug cleared.
Meanwhile, Congressman Ben Evardone said that a drug free society is important to ensure a bright future for our children.
To encourage barangay officials to be more aggressive in the campaign, the congressman will give P10,000 each to the first 100 barangays in the province to be declared drug-free by September 30, this year.
PDEA Regional Director Edgar Jubay reminded the barangay officials that they should always be on the watch for illegal drug activities. “Drugs always end up in the barangays, and so they must remain watchful”, he said.
Director Jubay believes that other LGUs can do what Gen Macarthur was able to achieve, not only because of the incentives they will get.
“We have not yet won the war against illegal drugs, but we now have the advantage. Eventually, we will win this war but it will only happen if we work together”, he said. (Eden Cidro/Este News)