DRUG-CLEARED. Members of the Mati City Peace and Order Council and the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council meet to hear updates on the local government's anti-illegal drug operation on Wednesday (December 11, 2019). Mati City Mayor Michelle Rabat hopes that all the city's 26 barangays would be declared as drug-cleared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency next year. (Photo courtesy of Mati CIO)

DAVAO CITY -- The city of Mati in Davao Oriental is hopeful that all its 26 barangays would be declared as drug-cleared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) next year.

During the fourth quarterly joint meeting of the City Peace and Order Council and the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) on Wednesday, City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) focal person, Col. Jose Moring, said he believes that PDEA will declare all of Mati City's barangays as drug-cleared.

Mayor Michelle Rabat welcomed Moring's assessment, even as she urged residents to be involved in the local government's anti-drug campaign.

“It is my administration’s hope in this coming holiday that our city would finally be rid of illegal drugs,” she said.

The quarterly City Peace and Order and City Anti-Drug Abuse Council Joint Meeting for CY 2020 was spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the CADAC. (PNA)