6 barangays in Pontevedra, Capiz cleared of drugs

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Add at least six barangays in Pontevedra town in Capiz province to the list of drug-cleared villages in Western Visayas.

The Regional Oversight Committee identified these previously drug-affected barangays as Agbanog, Ameligan, San Pedro, Guba, Intongcan and Jolongajog.

It noted the barangays have complied with the guidelines set by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (

Meanwhile, seven more barangays in the town are poised to be declared drug-free after submitting the requirements. Two of these are drug-affected areas.

The Regional Oversight Committee is composed of the PDEA, Department of Health, Philippine National Police and Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Pontevedra police chief Christopher Candelario credited the cooperation and support of the local government unit led by Mayor Esteban Evan Contreras, Rural health Unit, the local Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the barangays’ respective Barangay Drug Abuse Councils.