Navotas gains one more drug-cleared barangay
Another barangay in Navotas has received the drug-cleared certification from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Mayor Toby Tiangco on Monday handed the certificate to Barangay Tanza I captain Carlito de Guzman Sr. after the flag ceremony.
“Five barangays have already been drug-cleared. We should continue our intensified campaign against illegal drugs and strive to have all 18 barangays cleared from the drug menace,” Tiangco said.
Apart from Tanza I, other barangays that have been declared drug-cleared include Navotas East, North Bay Boulevard South Dagat-dagatan, San Rafael Village, and Tanza II.
Tiangco urged Navoteños to report illegal activities, even if the perpetrators were public servants.
“We will not condone any wrongdoing. You have our 100-percent support,” he said.
Navotas has a Text JRT (JohnRey oR Toby) facility that receives feedbacks, complaints or reports from residents.
A barangay is considered drug-cleared when it has zero drug supply, drug den, pushers, users, and drug laboratory as of the date the PDEA certification has been signed.
It also needs to have a drug-free workplace; barangay officials who are actively advocating for anti-drug activities; a drug awareness, preventive education and information; and a voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.
Navotas conducts a community-based treatment and rehabilitation program called Bidahan for drug users willing to change their ways.
Bidahan participants initially engage in a three-day retreat where they learn about the effects of drugs on their body and ways to avoid getting hooked on substance abuse.
They then undergo biweekly counseling sessions for six months and an aftercare program for 18 months.
Since October 2016, Bidahan now has 21 batches composed of 561 participants. Of this, 107 have completed the six-month counseling and 10 have finished the 18-month aftercare treatment.