CAMP Alagar yesterday announced that the government’s “war on drugs” has resulted in one of the cities in northern Mindanao being declared as the region’s first drug-free city.
“Out of the nine cities in Northern Mindanao, I am happy to announce that Tangub City has earned the distinction as the first ‘drug-free city in Northern Mindanao,’” said police regional director Brig. Gen. Timoteo Pacleb.
Pacleb made the announcement during a gathering in Tangub City where he acknowledged the successful multi-agency drug clearing campaign of the city.
He said the declaration came after Tangub’s compliance to all the requirements set by the Dangerous Drugs Board through its Resolution No. 03, Series of 2017.
• non-availability of drug supply;
• absence of drug den, pusher, user;
• absence of clandestine drug laboratory;
• active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities;
• existence of drug awareness, preventive education and information; and
• existence of voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.
The declaration was made official through an oversight committee resolution approved by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency regional director Wilkins Villanueva, Interior department regional director Arnel Agabe, Health department regional director Nimfa Torrizo, Tangub Mayor Philip Tan, and Pacleb.
“The challenge for Tangub City now is to sustain this status and serve as benchmark for other cities to follow,” Pacleb said.
He said Camp Alagar would continue to reach out to Tangub City to sustain its “drug-free” status and compliment it with corresponding aggressive anti-illegal drugs operations in the adjoining cities and other areas in Misamis Occidental and the rest of northern Mindanao. (PR)