10 of 21 Dagupan villages now drug-free

DAGUPAN CITY — Slowly and surely, it will be a matter of time and a few more efforts before the city of Dagupan will be finally declared as drug-free.

As of November 15, at least 10 barangays of Dagupan have already been declared as drug-free, according to a report of the City Information Office (CIO), quoting the Dagupan City Police as saying.

Joseph Bacani of the CIO said according to Supt. Neil Miro, chief of police of Dagupan, five other villages are set to be cleared in the next few days.

The last of the 10 barangays issued by the city a certification by Supt. Miro that it is now drug-free is the island village of Lomboy.

Miro signed the certification in a meeting with Lomboy Barangay Chairman Arsenio Santillan and other barangay officials, including drug surrenderers who vowed not to go back to their old vice.

The certification was based on the assessment of the local police and the report of the Barangay Anti-drug Abuse Council (BADAC) that there are no more drug pushers and users in their village.

The other barangays declared as drug-free are Mamalingling, Salisay, Tebeng, Pogo Grande, Salapingao, Barangay IV, Bolosan and Barangay IV.

Also cleared, according to Miro earlier, are the previously notorious drug hubs of Sitios Aling, Silungan and Tondalligan.

Bacani said the police are still withholding the names of five villages set to be declared drug-free soon.

The other 21 barangays of Dagupan are undergoing clearing operations by the Dagupan police with the help of barangay officials.

Miro earlier vowed that 80 to 90 percent of the barangays of Dagupan will be declared drug-free before the year ends. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com