Town Allots P5.5-M Livelihood Assistance For Drug Surrenderers

BAUANG, La Union – This town’s local government unit, thru the Municipal Anti-drug Abuse Council, has allotted an initial P2-million for 20 barangays, that were declared drug-free, to provide livelihood assistance for drug surrenderers.

Another P2-million was allocated for the purchase of a patrol vehicle to intensify police operations and visibility and an additional P1.5-million as counterpart for the construction of a new building for the municipal police station.

Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin de Guzman III, in his letter to Senior Superintendent Leo Francisco, La Union police director, said they also donated 660 square-meters of lot for the construction of the police station.

“As part of our peace and order and public safety program, we have donated the lot (for the new police station). We have already requested the support of PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa for the implementation of this project,” De Guzman said.

De Guzman has requested Francisco to facilitate the realization of the project to help attain the town’s vision as investment-friendly and safe and secured municipality.

On the P2-million assistance for drug surrenderers, De Guzman said this fund will strengthen the police and the town’s campaign against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality.

The 20 drug-free will villages will get P100, 000 each for livelihood assistance to surrenderers and most of the fund are intended for hog and poultry projects.

The drug-cleared villages are: Pugo, Bawanta, Lower San Agustin, Upper San Agustin, Sta. Monica, Cabisilan, Bagbag, Pilar, Bucayab, Parian Oeste, Palugsi-Limmansangan, Cabalayangan, Casilagan, Pudoc, Taberna, Baccuit Sur, Ballay, Payocpoc Sur, Acao and Calumbaya. Jun Elias/Northbound Philippines News