The Quezon City government’s Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, who also heads the city’s anti-drug abuse council, announced on Tuesday that five more barangays have been declared drug-cleared and brought the city’s total to 30 drug-free barangays.
District 3’s barangays Dioquino Zobel, Escopa I, Camp Aguinaldo, Blue Ridge B and Ugong Norte respectively were acknowledged drug-cleared by the PDEA as of March of this year. There were previously only 25 drug-free villages.
Belmonte added, such was the result of incessant government-sanctioned drug clearing operations and intervention programs for the those who surrendered.
“We have been enhancing our efforts to combat illegal drugs in our city and the number added to our drug-cleared barangays is the result of that. The next step for these barangays is to help them become drug-resistant so that they can maintain their being drug-cleared,” Belmonte added.
Some of the constraints of the Dangerous Drugs Board to declare a drug-clear barangay included the no available drug supply, no presence of drug transit, cleared of clandestine laboratory and warehouse, absence of drug dens and drug pushers, and active involvement of the government.