Dao barangays now drug-free


Dao now has the distinction of being the first town in Capiz to have the “drug-cleared municipality” tag, after all 20 barangays there were certified drug-cleared.

The Regional Oversight Committee presented the Certificate of Drug Cleared Barangay to all Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADAC) in the town.

Dao Municipal Health Officer Dr. Mary Humbelyn Horneja said they have 171 “reformers,” including 140 who underwent the community-based rehabilitation program (

Horneja credited the “reformers” for their willingness and cooperation in turning away from illegal drugs and change for the better.

Former mayor Joselito Escutin, who represented Mayor Ernesto Escutin in the awarding ceremony, urged the BADACs to help sustain the drug-cleared status.

“We need the entire community in sustaining the drive to stamp out illegal drugs in our barangays and town,” Escutin said.

The Regional Oversight Committee includes regional heads of:

* Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
* Philippine National Police
* Department of Health
* Department of Interior and Local Government

Escutin said efforts to sustain the drug-cleared status include the close monitoring of their barangay residents and submission of weekly report to the Mayor.

Also present at the awarding ceremony were DILG-6 Assistant Director Ma. Calpiza Zardua, Jeannette Reyes of PDEA, DSWD Asst. Regional Director for Operation Delia Bagolcol, Capiz Police Provincial Director Canilo Fuentes, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Samuel Delfin, DOH Development Planning Officer Jeoffry Espiritu, Philippine Information Agency-Capiz head Jemin Guillermo, municipal officials, representatives from the various government agencies, church and other stakeholders.