PDEA declares 1K Zamboanga villages drug-cleared
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) has vowed to cleanse of illegal drugs all of the region’s 1,904 barangays on or before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends in 2022.
PDEA-9 Director Emerson Margate said Thursday they have so far cleared some 1,000 barangays across the region, leaving 904 villages on the list of the clearing operations.
The PDEA-9 covers this city and Isabela City in Basilan province, and the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay.
Margate said they continuously work with local government units (LGUs) and the police to accomplish their drug-clearing task.
Non-availability of drug supply in the area and the absence of drug transit activities, clandestine drug laboratories and chemical warehouses, marijuana cultivation sites, drug dens, drug pushers, and users are the parameters for a barangay to be declared drug-cleared.
Meanwhile, Margate said the barangay drug-clearing operation in this city has stopped due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“Zamboanga City has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the region, that is why we stopped the drug-clearing operations,” he said.
Margate disclosed that based on records, the most populated barangays, such as Sta. Catalina, Mampang, Talon Talon, and those along the coastlines have many pushers and drug users.
He called on the public to also help in the drug-clearing efforts by providing them with names of drug pushers so that “we can take the proper action”.