TACLOBAN CITY – The regional oversight committee on the barangay drug clearing program (ROCBDC), led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in this region, announced the clearance of nine villages on Samar Island from illegal drugs.

According to a statement from PDEA-8, the drug-cleared barangays include Banuyo in Borongan City; and Banuyo, Cag-abaca, Galutan, JP Rizal, and McKinley in Catarman town, as well as Binay, Monbon, and Sangay in Palapag town, all located in Northern Samar province.

Additionally, seven barangays have been declared drug-free, namely Gebonawan, Maghipid, and San Jose in Lope de Vega town; Maragat and Sangputan in San Vicente town; Seven Hills in San Isidro, and San Antonio in Catubig, all situated in Northern Samar.

Furthermore, 13 barangays have maintained their status as drug-cleared barangays. These include Anglit, Balud, Bulao, Burgos, Camabayan, Dolongan, May-it, New San Agustin, Roxas, San Fernando, Serum, and Sulod, all located in the municipality of Basey in Samar province.

Meanwhile, 34 barangays across Samar Island have retained their drug-free status following monitoring and validation by PDEA and the Philippine National Police, indicating the absence of active illegal drug personalities in their respective areas.

These barangays encompass Cagmanaba, Cahicsan, De Maria, Flormina, Hinabangan, Mirador, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Jose, and Santa Catalina in Mondragon town, as well as Guindaulan and Kailingan in Rosario town, all situated in Northern Samar province.

In Samar province, the barangays include Cancaiyas, Balante, Baloog, Binongtu-an, Buenavista, Can-abay, Del Pilar, Guintigui-an, Iba, Inuntan, Loog, Mabini, Manlilinab, Mongabong, Old San Agustin, Panugmonon, Pelit, Salvacion, Sawa, Sugca, Sugponon, and Villa Aurora in Basey town.