All 61 barangays in Bacolod drug-affected

BACOLOD City – The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) on Mar 12, 2019 confirmed that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has declared all 61 barangays in the city as “illegal drugs affected.”

Chief Insp. Major Ariel Pico, BCPO spokesperson, said the reason for the declaration was due to the new parameters set by PDEA, wherein barangays that are either slightly or moderately drug-affected are required to have a “Bahay Silangan” reformation center.

Pico said “slightly” affected means there is a presence of drug users in the area, while “moderate” means refers to the presence of users and pushers.

“Massively” affected, meanwhile, means there is a presence of a shabu laboratory in the area, although Pico pointed out so far there is no such laboratory in the city.

The BCPO spokesperson said five barangays applied for “drug-free” status, but PDEA denied their applications due to lack of the required “Bahay Silangan.”

He further added that on March 15, the city government will convene with the City Anti-illegal Drugs Abuse Council in order to discuss implementing a wellness program, rehabilitation, and the establishment of a Bahay Silangan in the city.

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