Over 26,000 barangays previously infested with illegal drugs now cleared – Manila Bulletin

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A total of 26,244 barangays initially identified as being affected by illicit drugs have already been cleared of the influence of drugs, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported on Tuesday, November 22.

PNP leader General Rodolfo Azurin, Jr. said drug-free barangays accounted for 74.23% of the total 35,356 barangays labeled as drug-affected over the years.

The Philippines has a total of 42,046 barangays.

Azurin said all 26,244 barangays were cleared from July 2016 to November 1 this year, including the 403 barangays that were cleared from July 1 to November 1 this year under the current administration.

“It proves that the national approach against illegal drugs is working,” Azurin said.

A barangay is classified as “affected” if there is a person who has used drugs (PWUD); moderately affected if there are drug dealers and people who have used drugs (PWUD); and severely affected if there is a reported existence of any of the following: Clandestine drug lab, warehouse, marijuana plantation and drug den/”tiangge”, drug trafficking or smuggling activities, and drug personalities such as users, dealers, financiers, protectors, growers and manufacturers.

Of the 35,356 drug-affected barangays, a total of 17,079 are classified as mildly affected while a total of 17,860 are moderately affected.

In contrast, a total of 417 barangays are classified as severely affected.

The Cagayan Valley region has the highest recorded barangay at 94.41%, followed by the Cordillera region at 94.36%, MIMAROPA (Eastern and Western Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) at 93, 95%, Eastern Visayas 93.09% and Central Mindanao 88.25%. percent.

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