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9,000 barangays drug-affected—PDEA

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
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NEARLY 9,000 or 20.51 percent of the country’s total 42,065 barangays are considered drug-affected, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday said.
The PDEA cited consolidated data gathered from all concerned PDEA operating units and other law enforcement agencies.
PDEA chief Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. said 92.10 percent of all barangays in the National Capital Region are drug-affected followed by Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) region at 33.78 percent.
Cacdac also said shabu and marijuana remain the most abused drug in the 8,629 barangays identified last as drug-related by different PDEA operating units and other law enforcement agencies led by the Philippine National Police.
He said that a barangay is considered “drug-affected” when there is a determined existence of drug user, pusher, manufacturer, marijuana cultivator or other drug personality, regardless of number in the area.
Cacdac said there are three basic parameters in determining barangay drug-affliction: slightly affected, moderately affected and seriously affected.
He said that barangays are considered slightly affected if there are identified drug users in the community but no known drug pushers or traffickers are operating in the area, moderately affected if at least one suspected drug pusher or trafficker is operating in the barangay and seriously affected if at least one drug laboratory, den, dive or resort is suspected to exist in the community.
“Methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, and marijuana remain the most abused illegal drugs in the Philippines,” he said.
Citing their 2014 accomplishment data, Cacdac said that 88.78 percent involved the seizure of shabu, while 8.86 percent covered the confiscation of marijuana.
Other dangerous drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, ephedrine, “fly-high” and others constitute the 2.36 percent of the drug-related arrests, Cacdac added.
Based on the results of the anti-drug operations conducted last year, the street value of shabu ranges from P2,000 to P10,000 per gram, while marijuana is priced at P18 to P300 per gram, depending on the area of transaction and quality of drug sold.
“We are continuously intensifying our anti-drug operations to suppress sources of illegal drugs, particularly shabu and at the same time sustain efforts to seek and wipe out marijuana plantation sites,” said the PDEA chief.