‘Drug-clearing a challenge to barangays’


ILOILO City Councilor Reyland Hervias (PNA photo)

CLEARING Iloilo City barangays of the illegal drug menace, even just on paper, is a major challenge to barangay officials, said Councilor Reyland Hervias, Liga ng mga Barangay (LNB)-Iloilo City Chapter president.

A tedious process, Hervias said the drug-clearing requires the cooperation of all barangay officials and community members.

“(The drug clearing) is a challenge on our part as punong barangays and barangay officials to work together. Bululigan na ya mu, indi p’wede nga isa lang ang gahulag as it involves lots of people. Dapat maghulag ang barangay health workers, ang secretaries, dapag buligan ang barangay tanods,” he said.

According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), barangays must document all anti-illegal drugs activity and submit it to Iloilo City Oversight Committee which is tasked to evaluate and validate the documents for a barangay to be declared drug-cleared.



Barangays which do not cooperate and comply with the drug-clearing requirements will not be issued permits by the Office of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) when they hold activities related to barangay fiestas.

“Ang specific instruction ni Mayor, pagka-end of August, kun may barangay nga wala gid ya cooperation, kag wala gid ya documents na gina-submit, ambot silingon wala gid siya naga-comply sa mga requirements, indi siya pagtagaan sang permits sa activities niya kun kinahanglan permit halin sa Office of the City Mayor kag police,” Hervias said.

“Now come September (2017), kun may barangay gid ya na wala pa gid nakasubmit o wala gid ya nagacooperate, wala gid sya gahulag, may administrative (case) na igahatag sa ila. Kay s’yempre karon ang iban nga barangay nagahulag na, may isa bi ka-barangay karon na sa wala lang sa iya, so naghambal man si Mayor na siguro this time na tungod, iya man sa DILG memo na they will be charged administratively kung makita gid na wala ka ga-comply sa mga kelanglanon,” he added.

Hervias said the mayor’s order is not meant to pressure barangay officials.

“For us, indi man na pressure na ginahatag sang aton nga mayor, gusto man niya gani buligan man ang mga barangay, in fact ga-panaog na gani sila para mabuligan,” he said.

Hervias said almost all barangays in the city are complying with the drug-cleared and drug-free status requirements.

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