Antique eyes becoming WV’s first ‘drug-free’ province
San Jose de Buenavista will have 10clients among the 40 who would be admitted to the Balay Silangan. With the launching of the Balay Silanganin the old building formerly used by the Department of Education, there wouldbe an initial of 40 drug surrenderers who would be admitted as clients thatwould undergo a rehabilitation program by PDEA, along with the local governmentunit of Hamtic town supervising the facility. “Antique has so far the highest numberof barangays declared as drug-cleared in Western Visayas,” he said during thelaunching of the Balay Silangan. Tablate added that this province couldbe hopefully declared as drug-free within this year. The colonel added that the goal of theprovince could be realized through a concerted effort with the Philippine DrugEnforcement Agency (PDEA) of Western Visayas and other government agenciesconcerned. According to PDEA acting RegionalDirector Alex Tablate, this province, which has a total of 590 villages, onlyhas seven remaining barangays left to be declared as drug-free. “With the Balay Silangan now, we need tofast track the drug clearing operations,” he stressed. SAN JOSE, Antique – This province iseyeing to become the first in Western Visayas to be declared as “drug-free”following the launching of Balay Silangan, or the shelter for drug surenderees,located in the municipality of Hamtic on Feb. 28. “In the MOA, our LGU San Jose deBuenavista will provide the needed amount for the one-month stay of our drugpusher surrenderers,” Mayor Elmer Untaran said. With the launching of the Bahay Silangan in Hamtic town, Antique aims to become the first drug-free province in Western Visayas. Antique, which has a total of 590 villages, only has seven barangays left to be cleared from drugs. PDEA Region VI Antique Provincial Police Officedirector Colonel Roy Parena said that the establishment of Balay Silangan is arequirement for this province to be cleared from drugs. For his part, Lau-an town MayorFrancisco said that four clients from his municipality will undergorehabilitation in the said shelter.(Witha report from PNA/PN) “Hopefully, the province of Antiquecould attain the historical record as the first province to be declared asdrug-free in Western Visayas,” he said. However, he added that the amount thiscapital town would be contributing to Hamtic town has yet to be finalized. The villages in this province that areyet to be declared free from drugs include one each in the municipalities ofCulasi, Tibiao, Hamtic and Caluya, while this capital town has three. Mayors from the other municipalities inthis province, particularly from this capital town, Barbaza, Laua-an, Tibiaoand Tobias Fornier have already signed a memorandum of agreement with HamticMayor Julius Pacificador, wherein they would also provide the needed funds fortheir constituents who would be admitted in the shelter for drug surrenderers.