Local police clearing 24 drug affected villages in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY – Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) chief Sr. Supt George Daskeo on Friday said 24 drug affected barangays in the city are being processed or undergoing drug clearing operations.

Daskeo revealed the individuals, who submitted themselves voluntarily to the authorities in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte’s fight against illegal drugs, are residents of 104 out of 128 barangays of Baguio City.

The 24 drug affected barangays include Kabayanihan, Campo Filipino, Loakan Proper, San Roque Village, Quezon Hill Proper, East Quirino Hill, West Quirino Hill, Guisad Surong, Guisad Central, Camdas Subdivision, Happy Home Old Lucban, Pinsao Pilot Project, Holy Ghost Proper, Upper General Luna, Country Club Village, Apugan Loakan, Happy Hollow, Upper Dagsian, Imelda Marcos, General Emilio Aguinaldo, Aurora Hill Proper, AZCKO (Abanao-Zandueta-Chanum-Kayang-Otek), ABCR (Andres Bonifacio-Caguioa-Rimando) and Lower General Luna.

Daskeo explained that these barangays would only be taken out of the list if certain parameters had been met such as non-availability of drug supply; absence of drug transit or transshipment activity; absence of clandestine drug laboratory; absence of clandestine drug warehouse; absence of clandestine chemical warehouse; absence of marijuana cultivation site; absence of drug den, dive or resort; absence of drug pusher; absence of drug user or dependent; absence of protector or coddler and financier; active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities; active involvement of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to help maintain the drug-liberated status of the barangay; existence of drug awareness, preventive education and information, and other related programs; and existence of voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.

Daskeo said the last count of individuals who gave themselves up include 108 pushers and 889 users for a total of 997 individuals.

As of August, the BCPO, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Cordillera Regional Office (PDEA-CAR), has conducted 60 buy bust operations resulting to the arrest of 102 drug personalities and the confiscation of illegal drugs worth more than Php 700,000.

The intensified campaign against illegal drugs resulted in the decrease of crime incidents in Baguio City, Daskeo said. Jojo Lamaria/PNA/northboundasia.com