PDEA urges barangay officials to help in anti-drug war

MANILA-- Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro S. LapeAa on Tuesday called on barangay officials and their constituents to help in the government's intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign.

We will go to the door step in barangays, nandiyan yung shabu (illegal drugs) kahit saan manggaling yan. Now, the families must also watch their children so that they stay away from illegal drugs in the community, LapeAa told reporters during the #RealNumbersPH forum held at the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City.

Earlier, LapeAa underscored the role of barangay officials in the fight against illegal drugs as indicated in Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and the Local Government Code.

With the recent activation of Operation: Double Barrel Reloaded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) has been reloaded, PDEA leads the Barangay Drug Clearing Program and assists in the conduct of investigation of suspected drug personalities. In addition, PDEA's presence is mandatory in PNP anti-drug operations for high-value targets (HVTs) and high-impact operations (HIOs).

According to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, 40 percent of barangay officials are linked to illegal drugs. The PDEA Chief has suggested a target of 30 percent of barangays must be cleared yearly with the hope of totally eradicating the drug menace in four years.

As of March 29, the National Capital Region has the highest drug affectation of 97.30 percent, with the cities of Caloocan, Navotas, Valenzuela, Muntinlupa and Taguig obtaining 100 percent, while Las PiAas has the least affectation of 55 percent.

Since July 1 last year, 39 barangay chairmen and 53 barangay kagawads have been arrested due to involvement in illegal drugs.

Source: Philippines News Agency