Santiago City exec eyes to give service vehicles to drug-free villages

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela — The local chief executive of this city will give service vehicles to the villages which were declared drug-free.

Mayor Joseph Tan made the challenge to barangay officials who could make the city a drug – free in the future as support to the government’s war against illegal drugs.

Tan said the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) who are being tasked to monitor the villages will recommend to the local chief executive if a village is really drug-free and will be given service vehicle for their official use.

The police is continuously monitoring the drug situation in the city with the help of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) to neutralize the illegal drug trade here.

A barangay is only declared as drug-free if there are no drug pushers, users and other illegal drug activities registered.

The Santiago City Police Office (SCPO) has already an initial list of barangays with no registered illegal drugs activities but closely verifying before the declaration of drug-free status.

So far, the villages with no reported drug-related activities are Balintocatoc, Villa Gonzaga, Luna, San Jose, San Isidro, Bannawag Norte, Sinili and Sta. Rosa and might be declared drug free before the end of this year.