12 NegOcc villages declared drug-free


The Regional Oversight Committee on Dangerous Drugs has cleared 12 villages in Negros Occidental of illegal drugs.

These drug-cleared barangays were Pantao, Basak, Damgo, Camba-og, I Poblacion, Banog-Banog, Andulauan, Buenavista, Puey, Kapitan Ramon, Zone 7, and 15-A, according to a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-6 report.

These barangays are in the towns of Calatrava, Cauayan, E.B. Magalona, Hinigaran, Hinoba-an, Isabela, and Ilog, and the cities of Himamaylan, Sagay, Silay, Talisay, and Victorias, respectively. (

Two villages in Iloilo, six in Guimaras, five in Aklan, and four in Capiz were also declared drug-cleared.

PDEA-6 director Edgar Apalla led the assessment with the assistance of Director Donelyn Hemedez, Major Rey Tolosa, Jr. of Police Regional Office-6, John Richard Lapascua, senior health program officer of the Department of Health-6; and Karen Joy Mansuelo of the Department of Interior and Local Government-6.