THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has recently conducted an intensive re-orientation of the Barangay Drug Clearing Program as part of its nationwide capacity enhancement for the PDEA regional offices.
The training, which was held on July 19, at the Mansion Hotel in Iloilo City, was attended by the PDEA Regional Directors, Chiefs of Operations, Regional Intelligence Officers, and Designated Barangay Drug Clearing Officers.
The training aims to develop the capabilities of the PDEA duty bearers in the implementation of the concept, framework, processes, and requirements of the Barangay Drug Clearing program. This also served to further enhance their deeper understanding of the BDCP in order to come up with precise and specific outputs.
“Trainings such as this is a good venue for our PDEA officers to intelligently discuss not just the subject at hand, but also pertinent matters arising from the discussions wherein the primary mandate of PDEA shall be prioritized. This also served as our reference to operational compliance with our partners in law enforcement as we anticipate a clear and viable output in the future,” PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said.
The Barangay Drug Clearing Program was designed to provide a more effective and efficient measure towards preventing and eradicating illegal drug abuse based on Dangerous Drugs Board Regulations No.3, Series of 2017 (Strengthening the Implementation of Barangay Drug Clearing Program).
PDEA commits to clear the 24,424 drug affected barangays which is 58.10 percent of the total number of 42,036 barangays nationwide.
As of June 30, this year there are 8,057 barangays that were already declared drug free.