DAGUPAN CITY – Calmay became the 29th barangay in the city to have been declared drug-free by the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) and the Philippine National Police.


The declaration was signed by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez in her capacity as chair of the CADAC, Dagupan City Chief of Police P/Superintendent Franklin Ortiz and Calmay Punong Barangay Evangelista Dela Cruz.


The signing was witnessed by Department of Interior and Local Government City Director Rhoderick Dawis and members of the barangay council of Calmay on August 15 at the city museum.


Ortiz said  that only two barangays (of the 31) have yet to be declared as drug-free but he expressed  hopes that by December this year the whole of Dagupan City will be finally declared  drug-free city.


The two barangays yet to be cleared are Barangay II & III and Pugaro.


“We still have to make a thorough validation on these two barangays unless and until we are assured that the high profile drug personalities there no longer operate,” said Ortiz.


Dela Cruz was grateful that finally her barangay is now drug-free as she reassured that they will continue to remain vigilant against any more emergence or activity of drugs in the barangay.


“We’ve been hoping that our barangay be finally cleared, which was put on hold because of the suspension of the Operation Tokhang.  Finally, our barangay is now drug-free,” said Dela Cruz.


Mayor Fernandez encouraged the barangay council to maintain their newly acquired status as drug-free barangay and to remain steadfast in the government’s campaign against the operation of illegal drugs. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Aug. 15, 2017)