CITY OF MARAWI, Lanao del Sur (PIA)—The security sector and local government units in the province of Lanao del Sur continue to strengthen their efforts in the fight against illegal drugs.
Provincial Director of Police PCol. Jibin Bongcayao reported at the joint meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Drug Abuse Control Council (PADAC) that a joint operation was recently carried out by the Agency Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Local Government Unit of the Municipality of Maguing, which resulted in the confiscation of prohibited drugs from a value estimated at 15.2 million pesos.
It also led to the arrest of seven drug figures in unlawful possession of explosives and firearms. Accordingly, the said suspects have been detained at Maguing Municipal Police Station for further investigation and filing of appropriate charges in court.
Meanwhile, the Barangay Drug Clearing Program continues to gain traction in the province as more barangays have been declared drug-free or drug-free.
In a deliberation held in Cagayan de Oro City from June 16-18, the Regional Barangay Drug Elimination Program Oversight Committee declared that 22 barangays in the province were drug-free and one drug-free, while 33 retained their drug-free status, and 20 were like 20 drug-free barangays.
These drug-free barangays are found in Amai Manabilang (10), Kapatagan (8), Masiu (10), Marogong (12), Pagayawan (6), Pualas (4) and Wao (5) while drug-free baramgays are in Amai Manabilang (3), Masiu (1), Marogong (7), Piagapo (7) and Pagayawan (3).
PDEA-BARMM Director of Operations Marlon Santos, who reported on the progress of illicit drug control efforts at the PPOC-PADAC meeting, said nine municipalities in Lanao del Sur are also candidates for drug-free municipalities. Drugs. These are Amai Manabilang, Calanogas, Kapai, Kapatagan, Lumbatan, Masiu, Madalum, Pagayawan and Piagapo.
“Mayroon na tayong nearly nine municipalities na “in principle” are declared drug-free municipalities. Pero di pa kami nakabigay ng certificate dahil can meet the documentary requirements,” he said.
[We already have almost nine municipalities that ‘by principle’ are declared as drug-cleared municipalities. But we have not yet issued the certificate because there are still documentary requirements.]
Santos further called for the cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders so that