By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte has announced that five more barangays in the city have been declared drug-cleared communities bringing its total to 30 barangays.
She explained that drug-cleared barangays are those where “no more illegal drug activities had been documented’’.
Belmonte, who is also the chairman of Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC), was pleased that more barangays in the city were declared drug-free by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The vice-mayor attributed this to the “continuous drug clearing operations and government intervention programs for the surrenderers’’.
Belmonte noted her office have been enhancing its efforts to combat illegal drugs in the city with “the number added to our drug-cleared barangays as the result of that’’.
“The next step for these barangays is to help them become drug-resistant so that they can maintain their being drug-cleared,” Belmonte said.
As of March 2019, Brgy. Dioquino Zobel, Brgy. Escopa I, Brgy. Camp Aguinaldo, Brgy. Blue Ridge B, and Brgy. Ugong Norte—all from District III—were declared drug-cleared, which were added to the list with the previously named 25 drug-free barangays in December last year.
Some of the parameters of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) to declare a drug-clear barangay include non-availability of drug-supply, absence of drug transit, absence of clandestine laboratory and warehouse, absence of drug dens and drug pushers and active involvement of the government, among others.