BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia has expressed full confidence on the exceptional professionalism of the Philippine National Police (PNP) provincial office, and that they will be able to pull off the feat of declaring Bataan as the first drug free province in the country.
He said the local police is bent on eradicating prohibited drugs in the province’s 237 barangays by the end of September this year, with 80% of Bataan already drug free.
Garcia commended the performance of the local police force under the leadership of Senior Superintendent Benjamin H. Silo, Jr. in establishing reformation centers for drug surrenderees making it a benchmark site of the country on anti-illegal drug campaign.
Senior Superintendent Silo explained that the 16 batches of drug reformists, a total of 411 persons, have undergone month-long intervention program at the Bahay Pagasa Reformation Centers located in Camp Tolentino, police provincial headquarters and former Army camp in Barangay Camacho, both in Balanga City and in a former Philippine Constabulary headquarters in Barangay Lamao, Limay town.
He added only about 40 barangays in Bataan remain to be cleared of illegal drugs and the police authorities have sufficient time to achieve its goal of wiping out illegal drugs in the province by the end of September 2016.