SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union –Eight barangays here–San Agustin, Madayegdeg, Pagdalagan, Biday, San Vicente, Barangay II, Ilocanos Sur and Cadaclan– joined 42 others to be declared free of illegal drugs by the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Mayor Pablo C. Ortega, chair of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council, signed certifications to the effect and urged barangay officials to
monitor activities in their respective areas to maintain their status as free of the banned drugs.

Ortega said he hoped to clear all the barangays with banned drugs before the end of his term on June 30. “I hope that after six months this year, we will be the first city to be declared a drug-free city in the entire the country,” he said.
Superintendent Julius Suriben, the city police chief, reported that 12 illegal drug traders from the eight barangay were apprehended and most of them are now behind bars..

He said that of the city’s 59 barangays, only nine barangays were left among the 33 barangays affected with illegal drugs while 26 are not affected with any kind of drugs such as shabu and marijuana

Since assuming office in September 2014, Suriben said the city police, through the support of Mayor Ortega, was able to arrest 129 drug pushers including three of the 10 top illegal drug personalities in Region 1. JUN ELIAS / northboundasia.com