Officials of the 462 Barangays of Lanao del Norte assembled in Mindanao Civic Center to support the campaign in ending the proliferation of illegal drugs by working intensively with the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to make their barangay drug free.
Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No.3 Series of 2017 re: Strengthening the Implementation of Barangay Drug Clearing Program. The Regulation presents a more effective and efficient measures towards preventing and eradicating drug abuse. This DDB Regulation No.3 Series of 2017, provides the operational guidelines in the conduct of drug clearing operations at the barangay level; set parameters for declaring “drug cleared” barangays and status of drug affected barangays; and establishment of oversight committees.
The roles and responsibilities of Barangay Anti Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) and its Committees are strengthened by the said Regulation in accordance with DILG Memorandum Circular 2015-63 re: Revitalization of the Barangay Drug Abuse Council and their Roles in Drug Clearing Operations.
PDEA-Lanao del Norte Provincial Director, Rodolfo S. De la Cerna asked the members of the Liga ng mga Barangay if they can help implement the Barangay Drug Clearing Program which they replied with a resounding YES! “This is war on drugs and we need to have a strategy, like what Chinese General Sun Tzu said ‘If you know your enemy and you know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles’.”
Director De la Cerna presented to the league why the international drug syndicates made interest and establish drug operations in the Philippines. The various Transnational Drug Trafficking Organizations like the African Drug Syndicate, who operates by using Filipinos as courier of illegal drugs to other countries, the Chinese Drug Syndicate who manage to have contacts inside the Bureau of Customs, which is now some officials of the bureau is under investigation of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. This Syndicate does not only import illegal drugs from China but as well bringing-in ingredients in order to produce prohibited drugs in the country. Also, the Mexican-Sinaloa Drug Cartel has penetrated the Philippine illegal drug trade.
The Philippines also has the local drug trafficking organizations which receives and distributes the illegal drugs coming from the Transnational Drug Syndicate. Street pushers are then hired by these local groups to sell the illegal drugs to the users in the communities.
The PDEA, PNP and other law enforcement agencies of the government is focused more on high value targets giving less attention to illegal drug users. That is why President Rodrigo Roa Duterte intensified the campaign against illegal drugs and asked all local chief executives down to the barangay level to exert more effort in ending the proliferation of illegal drugs that destroys the future of our country. Barangay Officials are encouraged to identify drug personalities in their area and the Philippine National Police will visit these personalities through TOKHANG to surrender to the folds of the law. Surrenderees are then advised to enrol in Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) to help them recover from drug addiction. The CBRP offers various technical skills in partnership with TESDA and other Non-Government Organizations to prepare the surrenderees before integrating themselves back to the community.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo expressed her support for the full operation of DDB Regulation No.3 to end the presence of illegal drugs and declare all barangays of Lanao del Norte Drug Cleared. “The PDEA and PNP could not do this alone, we, the local chief executives especially the Barangay Chairmen must stand firmly and wilfully in performing our duties as public servants in order to make our communities safe from any violence perpetrated by these lawless elements. We must stop these illegal drugs in destroying our peaceful neighbourhood. We must protect our family, our children, and our youth for they are the ones who are more vulnerable to the temptation of these drug traffickers.” PIO-LDN