Bacolod: 6 NegOcc drug groups dismantled

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Bacolod City – The Philippine National Police reported recently the dismantling of six local drug groups in Negros Occidental.

Classified as dismantled by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office are Burgos, Bacus, Divinagracia, Ramos, Macundato and Virtucio Drug Groups.

PCapt. Judesses Catalogo, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said that they no longer functioning as a group, with remnants operating individually.

Catalogo, however said the monitoring and operations against the groups’ remnants are still being conducted without any let up.

He added that the accomplishments were achieved in tandem with other law enforcement agencies of the government.

Starting this year, Catalogo said that they will also focus in the drug rehabilitation and education campaign, in close coordination with other national government agencies, such as the Departments of Health, Education, Social Welfare and Development and Interior and Local Government, among others.

Police records also showed that NOCPPO neutralized the drug peddling activities of more than 800 drug suspects, yielding about P108 million worth of suspected shabu in Negros Occidental, last year.

The municipalities of Pulupandan and Moises Padilla, as well as Sipalay City, have been considered by the police as drug-cleared local government units in the province.

As of December last year, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency reported that up to 89.2 percent of the 4,051 barangays in Western Visayas have been cleared of illegal drugs, as per validation by the Regional Oversight Committee Deliberation Board, which is composed of the DILG, DOH, DILG and PNP, aside from PDEA.

Guimaras and Aklan topped the list with 100 percent drug-cleared barangays, followed by Antique – 99.66 percent, Iloilo – 98.55 percent, Capiz – 90.91 percent, Negros Occidental – 65.22 percent, Iloilo City – 52.22 percent and Bacolod City – 22.95 percent. (Gilbert Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)

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