Bacolod City considered for PDEA ‘reformation’ program

Posted by watchmen
June 7, 2018
Posted in HEADLINE

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga


The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is considering Bacolod City as a possible pilot area for the “Balay Silangan Reformation” program, which is intended to rehabilitate and reform drug offenders.

In a letter signed by PDEA Director Aaron Aquino, with sites inaugurated in Sarangani, Nueva Ecija, and Caloocan City, Bacolod City would serve as a pilot site for the Visayas.

In response to the letter, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said it was “very heartening” to be considered for the program, saying, the city has a “good record” when it comes to the campaign against illegal drugs.

Leonardia noted the Dangerous Drugs Board earlier approved a P10 million grant for the city’s drug rehabilitation centers.

He added, the city is currently seeking funding to construct a rehabilitation center.

Meanwhile, during the recent City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) meeting, Leonardia recognized efforts made by Bacolod City Barangays 5, 24, and 41 in their bid to be declared drug-cleared.

The decision to declare barangays drug-free is under the PDEA oversight committee, which check if the communities passed certain requirements set by the agency.

Eight other Bacolod City barangays are also under drug-free barangay consideration in the future./DGB, WDJ

(From left) Bacolod City Councilor Caesar Distrito; Mayor Evelio Leonardia; and Bacolod City Police Office Deputy Police Community Relations chief, Police Chief Inspector Sherlock Gabana, during the recent CADAC meeting, where they recognized Barangays 5, 24, and 41 in their bid to be declared drug-cleared. (PIO photo)

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