By Mike Crismundo
CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) declared the city of Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte province as a “drug-free” city in Caraga region.
Cabadbaran, the capital city of Agusan del Norte province, was the fourth drug-free city declared in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region.
The certificate of declaring Cabadbaran as “drug-free” was signed by PDEA 13 Regional Director Aileen Lovitos, and presented during ceremonies held at Cabadbaran City Session Hall here on Tuesday, February 18.
According to PDEA 13 Regional Information Officer Dindo Abellanosa, Cabadbaran met the requirements for the validation and declaration of its drug-free status by the anti-narcotics agency, meaning all of the city’s 31 villages have been cleared of drug users and pushers.
By declaring Cabadbaran “drug-free”, it means that no drugs are being used, delivered or sold in and from the villages, it said.
Cabadbaran is the fourth city in Caraga region declared as “drug cleared” after the cities of Bayugan, Tandag and Bislig, which received the same declaration last year.
The two remaining cities that have been undergoing drug clearing operations are Butuan and Surigao.
The regional office of PDEA 13 attributed the successful drug clearing operations to the combined efforts of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac), police, barangay officials, and local government.
Meanwhile, Cabadbaran City Mayor Judy Amante commended the barangay chiefs, the Cadac, the Cabadbaran City Police and the Cabadbaran office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government for their hard work in eradicating drugs in the city.
“We attributed this success to all line agencies of the government and the Cabadbaranons for their all-out effort in helping us to make our city drug-free,” the city chief executive added.