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PDEA chief dares Sarangani to become drug-free province by 1st quarter 2022

ALABEL, Sarangani (September 23, 2021) - Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Wilkins Villanueva said he will order the PDEA Region 12 to do anti-illegal drugs operation to the remaining 11 reported pushers in Sarangani Province unless they surrender.

“Kung matitigas ang ulo nitong mga pushers na ito, i-operate na agad ito. But if you can give them another chance, then we can get them to Balay Silangan. But if not, I’m ordering RD Region 12 ng PDEA to operate these remaining 11 drug personalities particularly the pushers.”

This was the statement of Villanueva when he visited Sarangani in time for the Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) 3rd Quarter Meeting on September 20 at the Capitol gym.

Villanueva’s challenge to Sarangani is to get its remaining five drug-affected barangays to be declared as drug-free by the first quarter of next year.

“Push through with it! Maybe on the first quarter of next year before grumaduate ang ating presidente, you can be one of the few drug-cleared provinces sa buong Pilipinas. Hindi po ito imposible. If we can just put our hands together, kaya po natin ito.”

Villanueva also accounted for some 303 illegal drugs users in the province which he likewise directed for “intervention” for Sarangani to finally clear all drug-affected barangays.

PDEA Region 12 Director Naravy Duquiatan,, however informed the director general that from the five barangays, the three personalities present in the three barangays had already been deliberated, while requirements for the declaration of the two barangays are now being processed.

What is also crucial, according to Villanueva, is the sustainability of the province’s anti-drug abuse program as he likewise lauded the provincial government’s anti-drug drive and told Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon: “Gov, nakikita niyo na ang liwanag at the end of the tunnel.”

Sarangani has the least affectation rate of 3.55% in Region 12, followed by Sultan Kudarat with 4.82%, South Cotabato with 16.08%, North Cotabato with 18.60%, and General Santos City with 65.38%.

Also, Sarangani got the least remaining drug-affected barangays with five while, Sultan Kudarat, General Santos City, South Cotabato, and North Cotabato with 12, 17, 32, and 101, respectively.

Solon then assured Villanueva that all Sarangani mayors “are 100% on board. Let’s intervene to these 303 users and 11 pushers and get them to graduate from the program.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/ SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Photo by Jori Mae R. Samillano taken on September 20 during the Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council 3rd Quarter Meeting at the Capitol gym.

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