Out of the 47 brgys endorsed by TCPO
TACLOBAN CITY- About 47 barangays of this city have been endorsed by the Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and be declared as drug-free.
But out of this number, only two villages have been approved by the PDEA, Inspector Jessica Ortega, city police information officer, said.
Meantime, the good performance by the TCPO under the leadership of city police director Supt. Rolando Bade was commended by Bernardita “Bering” Valenzuela, information officer of the Tacloban city government.
Valenzuela said that the awards received by TCPO during the 116th anniversary celebration of the Philippine National Police were indication that the city police force are performing well.
The TCPO was adjudged as the best city police station and best police strategy management station in the region during the August 22 event attended by Police Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa.
“Of course, we are proud of the awards received by the Tacloban City Police Office headed by Supt. Bade,” Valenzuela said.
The city official added that because of the relentless campaign of the TCPO under Supt. Bade to rid criminalities particularly on the proliferation of illegal drugs, Tacloban could easily rank as one of the most peaceful areas in the country.
Inspector Ortega said that the two villages that were declared as drug-free by PDEA are Barangay 77 in Marasbaras area and Brgy.44 in Quarry district.
Of the 138 barangays of Tacloban, 11 of them were considered as ‘non-affected’ or where drug proliferations are considered negligible.
Ortega said that initially they target 80 percent of all the villages of Tacloban to be declared as drug free.
Earlier City Mayor Cristina Romualdez said that she would like to see Tacloban as drug-free by next year.
(JOEY A. GABIETA)