Cebu Capitol anti-drug body to verify 81 villages declared ‘drug-free’

Cebu Capitol anti-drug body to verify 81 villages declared ‘drug-free’

CEBU CITY, Dec. 30 (PNA) — The Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) is set to scrutinize the 81 villages in the province which were unilaterally declared to be “drug-free” by the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), an official said.

CPADAO chief Ivy Durano Meca said a barangay or village can only be called “drug-free” after it passes the scrutiny of a committee and the approval of the governor.

Meca said the CPPO’s report about the 81 “drug-free barangays” can only be considered a recommendation because only the governor can declare them to be drug-free.

Meca said the CPPO should have sent the list or report first to the Cebu Capitol, but so far, the CPPO has not sent the governor a report about this.

Meca said the CPPO’s public announcement that 81 barangays were now drug-free caught the Cebu Capitol unaware.

She said her office CPADAO has not received a copy of the report.

Meca said the CPADAO will use the report, once they receive it, to evaluate the state of drug presence in each of the barangay named.


“Everyone of us wants a drug-free Cebu, but it has to be on the right way,” Meca said. (PNA)