CAMP TOLENTINO, Bataan – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) recently declared three Bataan towns as “drug-free.”
This was revealed recently by Bataan PNP provincial director Senior Supt. Benjamin Silo, Jr. in a simple ceremony during the awarding of the top 10 winners of the slogan-poster making contest participated by high school students from different schools in the province.
Metro Bataan Development Authority (MBDA) general manager and provincial drug convenor chairman Charlie Pizarro, Pilar Mayor Alice Pizarro and village chiefs from 11 towns and Balanga City were also present during the event.
“Target po natin na by the end of this month (September) drug-free na ang buong Bataan,” Silo said in an interview with Bataan press.
At present, Silo added that since July 1 of this year, more than 3600 drug personalities in surrendered to the police while more than 240 persons were arrested and detained in legitimate police buy-bust operations.
“Naniniwala po ako sa kakayahan ng ating kapulisan para maideklara ang Bataan bilang kauna-unahang probinsiya sa buong Pilipinas na ma-cleared na sa illegal na droga,” GM Charlie Pizarro, Jr. said.
Meanwhile, the Bataan Police Provincial Office recorded 19 suspected drug pushers who were killed-in-action (KIA) in legitimate encounters.