The call for a drug-free city was aired during the Freedom Day rites last week where Antonio Villar, Jr., chair of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) was principal guest.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the DDB recently tagged Barangay Bonuan Binloc as the country’s top drug hub.
Villar said that 78 villages in 33 towns in his home province Pangasinan were listed in DDB’s drug-affected barangays.
In Dagupan City, four villages namely Bonuan Binloc, Bonuan Boquig, Bonuan Gueset, and Lucao- were included in the list.
Bonuan Binloc was categorized under Category 1 or seriously affected barangay with the existence of at least one suspected drug laboratory, warehouse, den or similar establishment.
The rest was listed under category two or moderately affected barangays with the existence of at least one suspected drug pusher or trafficker.
“When people learn that I come from Pangasinan, they would always say that milk fish tastes good in Bonuan. The remarks now point to Bonuan as having to deal with the problem on illegal drugs,” Villar said in Filipino.
Villar challenged Dagupan Chief of Police Christopher Abrahano to help local leaders in eliminating drug dens.
In a separate interview, Mayor-elect Belen Fernandez said that she will leave no stone unturned to make Dagupan City drug-free.
She said that she will revive the Anti-Drug Abuse Council and make sure it will do its task.#