CABANATUAN City – At least three barangays in this city were listed as seriously-affected by drugs due to presence of drug dens being targeted for neutralization by the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Police identified them as barangays Imelda District, M.S. Garcia and Accfa.
Of the 849 barangays in the province, 74 are categorized as drug-free with 677 tagged as slightly-affected, 95 barangays are moderately-affected and three of them identified as seriously-affected, according to a data from the Nueva Ecija provincial police office.
Lt. Col. Kevin Balayungan, deputy provincial director for operations, said possible solutions are still being worked out by the police and the PDEAPhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency to bring down the level of drug affectation in these areas, more particularly in the three identified seriously-affected barangays in this city.
“Tuluy-tuloy po ang ating anti-drug operations natin, as a matter of fact ang Cabanatuan police ang (pinaka)maraming anti-illegal drug operations, but then sabi ng PDEA, dahil sa presence of drug dens kaya pumasok sa seriously-affected category ang tatlong barangays na ito sa Cabanatuan,” said Balayungan in Friday’s media forum with members of the Nueva Ecija Press Club Inc. held at the police hostel inside the provincial police camp here.
Balayungan and Police Maj. George Calauad, deputy chief of the provincial investigation branch attebded the event in lieu of Col. Leon Victor Z. Rosete, provincial police commander, who was in Camp Olivas, Pampanga for a regional command conference.
“Hindi naman po daw diyan ang source (ng drugs), wala naman po binanggit ang PDEA na manufacturing area or distribution point of drugs ang nasabing tatlong barangays maliban sa presence of drug dens, ibig sabihin doon sila tumitira,” Balayungan stressed.