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446 villages in Ilocos Norte cleared from illegal drugs - PDEA

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte (PIA) – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has cleared 446barangays in the province of Ilocos Norte from illegal drugs through their Barangay Drug Clearing Program (BDCP), as of September 2023.
The remaining 79 barangays are still drug affected, including some barangays in Laoag City, Batac City, Badoc, Solsona, Pasuquin, Bangui, Sarrat, and Piddig.
Farlyne Vinluan, public information officer of PDEA-Ilocos Norte, said they are working on clearing the remaining barangays by 2024.
“The BDCP is one of the demand-reduction efforts of PDEA and is designed to provide a more effective and efficient measure towards preventing and eradicating illegal drug abuse through penetrating the grassroots level in barangays,” according to Vinluan.
In relation, the province now has a total of 15 operational Bahay Silangan to house drug surrenderees and offenders for the rehabilitation program.
She also clarified that some towns in the province do not need to establish their own Balay Silangan especially if the town is not drug-affected.
As of September 2023, some 492 drug offenders have been enrolled in the Balay Silangan Reformation Program since 2018.
Vinluan said that they estimate about 80% of the graduates have been employed mostly by their respective local government units and other private companies.

 She added that currently, the towns of Piddig, Marcos, San Nicolas, Laoag City, and Batac City have ongoing enrollees for the Bahay Silangan reformation program.
The enrollees are now in the second phase of the program which consists of livelihood and skills training with the help of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
“Malaking tulong ang Balay Silangan para ma-clear natin ang mga remaining na barangays na may identified na pusher na drug personalities. Para makapag-clear sila kailangan kasi makapag-enroll at graduate ang mga drug personalities sa Balay Silangan,” she explained. (JCR/AMB/EJFG, PIA Ilocos Norte)

Farlyne Vinluan, public information officer of PDEA Ilocos Norte, serves as guest during the Danggay iti Panagdur-as radio program to discuss the anti-drug efforts of the PDEA. (EJFG)

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