Pangasinan PNP clears 1,271 drug-affected villages


THE Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) reported it has completed the drug clearing of the 1,271 previously drug-affected barangays in the province after the drug-clearing operation in Barangay Tandoc in San Carlos City, Wednesday, December 27, with the arrest of a high value target.

P/Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, head of the Police Community Relations of PPPO, said Barangay Tandoc can now proceed with the documentation process for validation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) now that its last high value target has been taken in custody.

He said Barangay Aramal in San Fabian was earlier cleared after the arrest of the high value target residing in the town and Aramal already completed the documentation process and is now awaiting PDEA’s validation.

Florentino said the drug-clearing of the last two barangays enabled PPPO to meet its target to complete the drug clearing of all the drug affected barangays in Pangasinan before 2017 ends.

The drug- barangays cleared by PPPO will still undergo validation by PDEA and Regional Oversight Committee (ROC).

Meanwhile, PDEA Provincial Officer Dexter Asayco said his unit has been working hand in hand with the Pangasinan police in clearing the province of illegal drugs.

Nine towns reviewed and approved by the Provincial Oversight Committee (POC) have been recommended to the ROC for validation. These are Bayambang, Mangatarem, Rosales, San Manuel, Bautista, Binalonan, Bugallon, Calasiao and Lingayen.

Asayco said the delay in the submission of more towns for validation is caused by the absence of signatures of some members of the POC.

Bismark Bengwayan, public information officer of PDEA Regional Office, said so far PDEA records have only validated 623 barangays in 14 towns/one city in Pangasinan namely, Laoac, Agno, Anda, Dasol, Burgos, Mabini, Natividad, San Nicolas, Alcala, Malasiqui, Sta. Maria, Mapandan, Sto. Tomas and Alaminos City.

Out of the 1,364 barangays in Pangasinan, 1,271 were previous drug-affected while 93 were unaffected.  (Nora Dominguez)

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