By Jel Santos
Four posh, gated communities in Makati City were recently declared drug-free and drug-cleared by the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug-Clearing Program.
Barangay Urdaneta, the first barangay in the city to be declared as drug-cleared, and eventually ‘drug-free’ as of February this year, was joined by Barangay San Lorenzo (drug-free), Barangay Forbes Park (drug-cleared) and Barangay Magallanes (drug-cleared).
The three villages were recognized on Wednesday in the third Quarter Meeting of the city’s Peace and Order Council.
The said barangays are headed by Leonard Alandy-Dy (Urdaneta), Ernesto Moya (San Lorenzo), Evangeline Manotok (Forbes Park), and Councilor Armando Padilla (Magallanes), president of the Liga ng mga Barangay.
Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay lauded the barangays for their continuous efforts that paved way for the eradication of the drug menace.
“I salute the leaders of the first four Makati barangays that have been declared ‘drug-cleared’. It is a difficult task that calls for genuine commitment to duty and strong leadership, and I hope the barangay chiefs of the remaining barangays will be motivated to replicate their achievement,” she said.
Chaired by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional director, the Regional Oversight Committee is composed of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director as vice-chairman, with Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH), Local Government Unit (LGU) Local Chief Executive (LCE) or a representative appointed by the LCE, and Treatment and Rehabilitation Center DOH as members.