CAMP Brig. Gen. Vicente Lim, Bgy. Canlubang, Calamba City, Laguna -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) declared Tagaytay City in Cavite as drug-free on Tuesday, two years since the government began its nationwide war against narcotics.
Calabarzon police director Chief Supt. Edward Carranza said an area is deemed drug-free if it has no drug users and traders, no clandestine laboratories and no resorts used for drug sessions, among other criteria.
PDEA-Calabarzon Regional Director Adrian Alvarino gave the drug-free certification to the local government after it passed the said criteria.
Tagaytay City, with 34 barangays, becomes the first city in the province of Cavite to be declared ‘drug cleared’.
The declaration was based on the city’s compliance to the requirements pursuant to the parameters set forth in Sections 8 and 11 of the Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) Regulation No. 3, Series of 2017, entitled “Strengthening the Implementation of Barangay Drug Clearing Program”.
Cavite police officials see the award more as a challenge and encourages his police personnel to further intensify their efforts “to sustain this ‘drug cleared’ status which has to be maintained, otherwise PDEA will recall it.”
Supt. Elmer J. Decena, Tagaytay City police chief, meanwhile, said that the city police force is “in high spirits” for this honor.
“This recognition will inspire us more to be aggressive and not to be complacent in maintaining its drug cleared status against those individuals who might take advantage of committing any drug offense,” Decena said.
He likewise thanked the media “for their major role in our city’s anti-illegal drug campaign.”
The municipality of Mendez-Nuñez, with 24 barangays, was earlier conferred the ‘drug- cleared’ status, the first Cavite town to achieve such.
Senior Insp. Arnel Mendoza, the chief of police of Mendez-Nuñez, echoed Cavite provincial police director Segun’s “challenge” to sustain the drug-cleared status.
Some 8,344 barangays across the country have received the same distinction, according to data from the PDEA.
The crackdown on narcotics is a key platform of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.