The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) awarded on Saturday a plaque of appreciation to Bataan and Aurora for being drug cleared provinces in Central Luzon.
The awarding ceremony held at the Bataan Peoples Center was attended by local officials of the said two provinces and was witnessed by PDEA and police officials of region 3 under Lt. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia.
P/Col. Villamor Tuliao, Bataan police director, said a total of 6,144 drug surrenders have graduated from “Bahay Pagbabago,” a drug rehabilitation house, are now reunited to their respective families and leading peaceful, productive lives.
Statistics on the incidence of eight “focus crimes” in the province of Bataan showed a steady decline from a high 1,406 cases in 2014 to a remarkably low 395 in 2019.
Tuliao said Bataan met the 14 parameters set by Dangerous Drugs Board for a province to gain a “drug cleared” status.
Bataan’s concept of operations was composed of three distinct and separate phases, namely: relentless operations of enforcement; prevention; and rehabilitation part of which is the “Bahay Pagbabago.”
Gen. Guillermo Eleazar who was among the guest speakers said the drive against drug tremendously gained momentum. He admonished police and the PDEA not to stop in their operation against illegal drugs in the country.
Eleazar lauded Bataan officials and the police office for attaining the drug cleared title.