Carreta officials conduct ‘lecture-concert’ to educate residents vs illegal drugs

OFFICIALS of Barangay Carreta in Cebu City have vowed to intensify their campaign against illegal drugs by conducting "lecture-concerts" and boosting their intelligence operations.

The barangay launched its first-ever "Kapihan sa Carreta" on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, to discuss the achievements and plans of its Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Badac).

Badac focal person Lynleynita Saga reported that in 2022, a total of 65 drug personalities were arrested in the barangay through joint operations conducted by the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Saga said that a total of 298.1 grams of illegal drugs with an estimated worth of P2.027 million were also seized.

For 2023, Councilor Antonio Conahap said the barangay will allocate P180,000 for the continuation of its Badac programs like seminars, training and lecture-concerts.

Conahap said the lecture-concert is a combination of entertainment and education that will be conducted in the barangay's top five sitios.

Barangay Captain Marciano Ando said they are having a hard time in completely eradicating illegal drugs since most of the peddlers are coming from other barangays.

Ando also lamented that barangay tanods cannot do much since most of the drug personalities are armed.

What the barangay is doing to help authorities is providing the latter with intelligence information to help apprehend suspected drug personalities, he added. (IRT)