Lapu's drug-cleared barangay, PDEA get P50,000 incentive each

THE Lapu-Lapu City Government has given P50,000 incentive to Barangay Subabasbas for having been declared a drug-cleared village by the Regional Oversight Committee of Barangay Drug-Clearing (ROCBDC) program in April 2022.

According to the city’s Public Information Office, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7) also received the same amount as financial reward from the City Government.

The reward for PDEA was in line with its efforts that led to the arrest of the Top 10 regional priority targets and the confiscation of 4,000 grams of shabu worth P27.2 million on June 13 and 15,000 grams of shabu worth P102 million on June 25.

City Councilors Efren Herrera and Joseph Pangatungan led the turnover of cheques to the recipients at the City Hall Monday, September 26, 2022.

Barangay Captain Estrelito Tibon and Councilor Matthew Bunghanoy received the reward in behalf of Barangay Subabasbas.

The City Council approved the resolution in August to grant cash reward to the barangay upon the endorsement of Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan, who sits as chairman of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council.

Lapu-Lapu City’s drug-cleared barangays are Tingo, Baring, Tungasan, Caw-oy and Sabang on Olango Island and Subabasbas in the mainland.

Meanwhile, Caohagan remains a drug-free barangay.

City of Lapu-Lapu Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Closap) executive director Garry Lao said the barangay may be declared as “drug-cleared” if there is non-availability of drug supply; absence of drug transit/transshipment activity; absence of drug den, pusher, user; absence of clandestine drug laboratory; active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities; existence of drug awareness, preventive education and information; and existence of voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.

A drug-free status is given to unaffected barangays that have been vetted and confirmed by the ROCBDC.

The awarding was also attended by City Administrator Danilo Almendras. (MKG)