Mga paghahanda bago ang pulong ng Regional Peace and Order Council. Ang Catanduanes ay isa sa mga gagawaran matapos madeklarang drug-cleared ang anim na barangay.
Following its recognition as one of the recipients of the first Regional Peace and Order Committee award for drug-cleared barangay, the Province of Catanduanes, headed by Governor Joseph C. Cua vows to continue its efforts to pursue a drug-free province status.
“Suportado ta ang kampanya ni President Duterte na malibre ang satuyang nasyon sa iligal na droga. Asin ang Catanduanes ang saro sa pinakaseryosong probinsya sa Bicol na matuldukan ang illegal drugs asin illegal activities”, Governor Cua added.
According to Provincial Oversight Committee, at present Catanduanes has six (6) drug-cleared barangay namely Salvacion, San Lorenzo and Osmena of Baras, Obo and Pangilao of San Miguel, and San Andres of Pandan; 62 barangays to be declared as drug-cleared, 77 unaffected or drug-free barangays.
The DILG provincial office, as the lead agency of the Provincial Oversight Committee said that this proves that the province is very aggressive and serious in its drug clearing efforts in support of the national thrust.
Former Department of Interior and Local Government undersecretary and now Dangerous Drug Board Chairman Catalino Cuy told the recipients of the award to maintain the fearless campaign against illegal drugs to not be complacent.
“Let us not sit on our laurels. Ang pagiging drug free ng isang lugar o isang community is a temporary status. Anytime pwedeng mawala yan…”, Cuy stated.
He added that there is a need for vigilance and cooperation from all the agencies and as well as the community to attain the status of being drug-cleared.
DILG Catanduanes is optimistic that before the end of the year, Catanduanes can achieve a drug-free province status.
Present in the awarding last March March 23, 2018 at Ninong’s Hotel, Legazpi City were DILG Regional Director Elouisa T. Pastor, City Mayor of Legazpi and Chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council Noel Rosal, Regional Director of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Christian O. Frivaldo, Regional Director of Philippine National Police PCSUPT Antonio N. Gardiola Jr. and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Director Arnel Bernardo.
Tinanggap ni Governor Cua ang parangal kasama sina Provincial Director Uldarico Razal Jr., League of Municapality of the Philippines Catanduanes Chapter Chairman Mayor Peter Cua, Baras Mayor Chito Chi, San Miguel Mayor Francisco Camano Jr. at mga barangay captain ng anim na drug-cleared barangays.
Meanwhile Governor Cua received the recognition together with Provincial Director Uldarico Razal Jr., League of Municipality of the Philippines-Catanduanes Chapter Chairman Mayor Peter Cua, Baras Mayor Chito Chi, and San Miguel Mayor Francisco Camano Jr. and barangay captains of the six drug-cleared barangays.
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