BACOLOD City – The members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Western Visayas (PDEA-6) recently conducted an orientation on the drug-clearing efforts of the government in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.
According to the city government of Sipalay, six of the 17 barangays of the city were up for validation by PDEA-6 to ensure that drug dependents in these barangays already underwent the community-based rehabilitation program (CBRP).
Sipalay City mayor Maria Gina Lizares said the orientation aims to level off with all the stakeholders to ensure the success of the drug-clearing operations.
“The city government of Sipalay saw that there is a need to thoroughly educate our barangay counterparts of the City Anti-Drug Council,” Lizares said.
Meanwhile, a random drug testing of 115 local government employees of the city has showed negative results.
“This clean random drug testing result proves that the efforts of the local government are paying off. We are planning on making these random checks more frequent as we aim to set example to the locals,” Lizares said.
The Sipalay City Anti-Drug Abuse Council was implementing the CBRP for the first batch of persons who used drugs from the six barangays, as it plans to conduct the second set of CBRP in 2020.(With a report from PIA/PN)