Three towns in Bohol have been declared drug-free by their respective Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (MADAC), according to a data released by the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO).
Based on the report dated July 4, Dimiao, Sevilla and Batuan have been cleared of illegal drug activities as indicated by an assessment approved by their MADACs’ chairmen.
According to BPPO Community Relations Branch chief Supt. George Vale, the drug-free distinction is accorded to towns after the MADAC passes a resolution noting the eradication of drug activities.
A certification from the municipality’s police is also required, he said.
Meanwhile, all the barangays in the towns of Trinidad and Sikatuna have also been declared drug-free by their Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADAC).
However, the municipalities’ MADACs have yet to confirm the BADACs’ assessments to officially consider the two towns drug-free.
Based on the same data, 186 villages spread throughout all the towns in Bohol have been cleared of illegal drug activities based on BADACs’ data.
Meanwhile, Tagbilaran City is the sole locality in the province which has yet to declare a single barangay drug-free.
Based on police investigation, most of the drug personalities who had previously surrendered to authorities resumed their illegal drug activities after the month-long suspension of Oplan Tokhang starting late January, said Vale.
From January to June, a total of 3.4 kilos of shabu were confiscated from across the province, according to the same police report.
The drug haul was estimated to be worth P40,517,000 and almost half of it were seized in a single anti-drug operation.
Early in May, P18 million worth of shabu was allegedly confiscated from one Teofilo Tampus in a buy-bust operation in Clarin. (R. Tutas)