Drug-cleared status only lacks documentation, say 

LINGAYEN—The city of Dagupan can be finally declared drug-free by the Regional Oversight Committee once the required documents to complete the process are submitted.

This was disclosed by P/ Colonel Redrico Maranan, provincial police director, amid report from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) that all the 31 barangays of Dagupan are still drug-affected.

The report of PDEA provincial chief Dexter Asayco had depressed and caused low morale in the ranks of barangay chairmen who believed their respective villages had already been drug-cleared by the police.

“It is just normal for barangay officials to be depressed despite their efforts to make their barangays drug-free and yet were not,” Maranan said during the weekly “Talakayan sa Kapitolyo” on July 30. 

He assured the 31 barangay captains not to worry because “your PNP is here to help you comply with the documentation process”.

Maranan instructed P/ Lt. Col. Abubakar Mangelen Jr., Dagupan chief of police, to assist in securing the documents to fast-track the process declaring the 31 barangays as drug-free.

“Only a few documents need to be submitted for the barangays to be finally declared as drug-free,” Maranan said.

P/ Lt. Colonel Charlie Umayam, provincial chief of operations, also confirmed that the problem lies only in the area of documentation and only the Oversight Committee in the  region can declare barangays as drug-free based on the criteria set by PDEA.

Meanwhile, Carlos Resurreccion, executive officer of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) said the Provincial Oversight Committee is headed by Agent Dexter Asayco as chairman with members from the Provincial PNP, Provincial Government, Department of Health and Department of Interior and Local Government. 

Resurreccion, representative of the provincial government to the Oversight Committee, confirmed that Dagupan and San Quintin remain to be validated yet by the Committee.

He said once Dagupan submits all the required documents, the Provincial Oversight Committee will validate the documents and these will be forwarded to the Regional Oversight Committee for confirmation. (Leonardo Micua)

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