Pangasinan will be drug free


SUAL – Gov. Amado Espino III reported to President Duterte that the province is already 99 percent drug-free to date.

Speaking at the ceremonial send off ceremony on Wednesday for the five Vietnamese fishermen, Espino said the Pangasinan police is optimistic that the province of Pangasinan will be “100 percent drug-free”.

Espino also reported to the President that Pangasinan was among the first local government units in the entire country that conducted mandatory-random drug testing among over 4,000-strong employees of the provincial government after the President declared war against illegal drugs

He added that the provincial government is completing the construction of drug rehabilitation center for slightly affected drug personalities that surrendered on a donated land in Barangay San Vicente, Burgos.

Meanwhile, the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) reported that there are only three barangays remain drug-affected, out of the previously reported 1,267 affected barangays.

These three Barangays left uncleared are Balite Sur and Tandoc in San Carlos City and Aramal of San Fabian.

P/Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, Police Community Relations Chief of PPPO said Balite Sur is already on the process of documentation while Tandoc and Aramal are still on the process of drug clearing because of the presence of drug personalities.

The Provincial Oversight Committee has already recommended Bayambang, Mangatarem, Rosales, San Manuel, Bautista, Binalonan, Bugallon, Calasiao and Lingayen for validation by PDEA.

The 12th town validated as drug-free by PDEA on Wednesday was Sta. Maria town.

Declared earlier as drug-free are the towns of Laoac, Agno, Anda,

Mabini, Dasol, Natividad, San Nicolas, Alcala, Malasiqui and Alaminos City.  Sto. Tomas was never affected by illegal drugs. (Leonardo Micua/Nora Dominguez)

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