WAR ON DRUGS. Authorities in Davao Region have kept the war on drugs alive with the continued arrest of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade. As of Wednesday (August 3, 2022), there remain 254 villages in the Davao Region that have yet to be cleared of illegal drugs. (Photo courtesy of PRO-11)

DAVAO CITY – Close to 80 percent of barangays in the Davao Region are now cleared of illegal drugs, authorities said Wednesday.

Data from the Police Regional Office in Davao Region (PRO-11) showed that 867 or 76.86 percent of the total affected barangays have been cleared of illegal drugs, while 263 barangays or 23.2 percent remain under close watch by the police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Meanwhile, PDEA-11 also announced Wednesday that nine barangays have been recently cleared of the illegal drug trade, which brings the total of barangays cleared of illegal drugs to 876.

The Regional Oversight Committee Barangay Drug Clearing led by PDEA-11 Director Aileen Lovitos validated the documents submitted by the nine applicant barangays from Davao de Oro province.

"On August 2, 2022, barangays Dumlan, Kinuban, Lumatab, Mainit, Masara, New Leyte, Pangi and Panoaron of Maco;  and Barangay Tagugpo of Pantukan, Davao de Oro have satisfactorily complied with the required documents for Drug-Cleared Barangay set by Dangerous Drugs Board,” the PDEA-11 report said.

Of the total 1,162 barangays in the region, 1,128 have been identified as affected by the illegal drug trade.

Meanwhile, PRO-11 reported that the Mandug police captured in an entrapment the 7th most wanted drug personality here Tuesday.

Seized from suspect Wendel Subaan, 37, were illegal drugs worth PHP160,000, police said. (PNA)