Nine of Antequeraâ€™s 21 villages have been declared drug-free after documents showing the eradication of narcotics activities in the areas were approved by the townâ€™s anti-drug councilâ€™s, said the municipalityâ€™s mayor.
According to Antequera Mayor Jose Pahang, the barangays of Ceiling, Danicop, Ubujan, Tupas, Cansibuan, Tabuan, Tagubaas, Angilan, and Quinapon-an Cogon have fulfilled requirements that officially cleared them of illegal drug presence.
The villagesâ€™ claims of being drug-free were backed by results of tight monitoring operations conducted by the towns Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils.
Some of those who surrendered under Oplan Tokhang have undergone intervention and have been extended assistance such as livelihood opportunities to prevent resurgence of drug activities, added Pahang.
For his part, Antequera police chief Sr. Insp. Cesar AcompaÃ±ado said that policemen in the town continued to visit barangays in efforts to prevent the proliferation of drugs amid the weeks-long nationwide suspension of the policeâ€™s anti-drug campaign last month.
The police official partly attributed the successes of the policeâ€™s drive against drugs in the town to the support of the municipal and barangay officials.
Despite being undermanned, the Antequera Police Station is optimistic that the rest of the town will soon be declared drug-free, said AcompaÃ±ado. (R. Tutas)