No drug-free barangay in Bacolod as per PDEA information
All 61 barangays of Bacolod City are affected by the illegal drug trade, the city police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said.
But City police spokesman Chief Inspector Ariel Pico said this is mainly due to the new parameters set by the PDEA.
Pico said the new parameters include one where barangays slightly or moderately drug-affected are required to have a “Bahay Silangan” reformation center (https://thedailyguardian.net/negros/all-61-barangays-in-bacolod-drug-affected/).
Under the PDEA’s definition, “slightly” affected means there is a presence of drug users in the area, while “moderate” means the presence of users and pushers.
However, “massively” affected means there is a presence of a shabu laboratory in the area.
Pico said at least five barangays have applied for “drug-free” status, but PDEA denied their applications due to lack of the required “Bahay Silangan.”
On Friday, March 15, the city government will convene with the City Anti-illegal Drugs Abuse Council to discuss implementing a wellness program, rehabilitation, and the establishment of a Bahay Silangan.