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Number of drug-affected barangays in CAR drops

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (PIA) -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency - Cordillera (PDEA-CAR) and its partners are resolute in clearing the 50 remaining drug-affected barangays in the region.
 
Based on the latest data of PDEA-CAR, there are still drug-affected barangays in Abra with 26, Apayao-3, Baguio City-11, Benguet-2, and Kalinga with eight.
 
During the 2nd Quarter Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (RICAD) and RICAD Law Enforcement Cluster Meeting on June 27, PDEA-CAR Information Officer Rose Sarmiento said they are targeting to clear the drug-affected barangays before the year ends.
 
"We have cleared 15 barangays and one municipality. Bumababa itong drug affectation, tumataas naman 'yung mga drug-cleared natin," Sarmiento reported.
 
With this, there is a need to enhance the sustainability programs in the drug-cleared barangays, she said.  One is   the conduct training of trainers down to the barangays.

 The PDEA is also pushing for the enactment of Drug Free Workplace Program ordinance covering both private and public sectors in all levels of the community.
 
Sarmiento said that there is also a need to enhance the community-based drug rehabilitation in the barangay level through the conduct of webinars or seminars on Dangerous Drugs Board  Regulation 7 Series of 2019 or the Consolidated Revised Rules Governing Access to Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs and Services.
 
"In here, it provides guidelines on how we could conduct, on how we could handle the drug surrenderers. Andun 'yung proseso kung paano natin ima-manage. And we encourage the service providers from various sectors and partners na i-implement na natin ito," Sarmiento explained.
 
The Department of Health bared that they plan to conduct series of trainings starting from the basic which is the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment through the DOH Academy.
 
Shamgar Douglar Mangida Jr. of the DOH-CAR also assured that Bio Psychosocial Spiritual Approach will be practiced emphasizing the important role of the faith-based organizations especially in the reformation of the persons who use drugs.  (JDP/DEG-PIA CAR)

During the 2nd Quarter Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (RICAD) and RICAD Law Enforcement Cluster Meeting on June 27, 2022. (PIA-CAR)

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