The Municipality of Lupon, Davao Oriental has been declared a drug-cleared municipality yesterday afternoon.

The signing of the declaration was done by Mayor Erlinda D. Lim, the Regional Director of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 11, through his representative, IAIII Rey D. Pavillar, DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga, PADAC Action Officer Art Benjie C. Bulaong, PCI Bembo L Aying of Lupon Municipal Police Station, DOH Representative Jerimi L. Manhila and the heads and officers of the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

The declaration was announced by IAIII Rey D. Pavillar, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Davao Oriental, said the municipality’s 21 barangays are considered “cleared” of illegal drugs and related activities based on regulations set by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) as of November 15, 2017.

He said the declaration came after a series of assessments conducted by PDEA, PADAC Oversight Committee and Lupon police and concerned stakeholders.

Prior to the declaration, DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga said, barangay anti-drug abuse councils or BADACs are required to conduct drug-clearing operations and continue its community-based rehabilitation and aftercare program within their areas of responsibility for the period of 6 (six) months.

Mayor Erlinda D. Lim said, the declaration as “drug-cleared” does not mean that our job is finished with the fight against illegal drugs.

“This is just the start. We have to make sure that we maintain that status,” she said.

The Mayor also directed the local police to continue with their anti-drug surveillance and operations, aiming to a Drug-Free Municipality.

Also present during the activity were the 21 Punong Barangays, members of MADAC and BADAC, PNP Personnel and municipal employees.