SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincial government here plans to use the old building of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Hamtic, Antique as “Bahay Silangan” or rehabilitation center for drug offenders in the province.
Gov. Rhodora Cadiao said both the provincial government and the Hamtic local government unit are willing to support the establishment of the “Bahay Silangan” at the old DepEd building in front of the town plaza and the Roman Catholic Church.
DepEd District currently has a new building in the nearby area.
“The provincial government of Antique will be willing to help in the establishment of the ‘Bahay Silangan’ if the PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) will request just so the province could be declared drug-cleared,” she added.
Margie Gadian, provincial government consultant for Peace and Order and Public Safety, said having a “Bahay Silangan” is a requirement for the province to be declared free from illegal drugs.
Cadiao said the province, which has a total of 590 barangays, has only 20 remaining villages yet to be declared drug-free.
These include barangays from the towns of Caluya, Culasi, Hamtic, San Jose, and Tibiao.
The Regional Oversight Committee composed of the PDEA, Philippine National Police, Department of Health, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government are conducting the validation of the villages.(With a report from PNA/PN)