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PDEA: PHL DRUG-CLEARED BY 2022



The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) maintained that the agency's goal is clear the entire Philippines of illegal drugs by 2022.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino made the statement, saying it is an order of President Rodrigo Duterte.

On Thursday, Aquino, along with Cabanatuan City Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara and other officials, led the inauguration of Balay Silangan, a localized reformation center, at Cabanatuan city hall compound in Nueva Ecija.

Of the 3,300 confessed drug addicts who surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP), the PDEA chief acknowledged that 200 of them graduated from Cabanatuan City since the first wave of the “Oplan Tokhang.”

He said some of the graduates were included in the 25,000 drug users who have finished a comprehensive rehabilitation program in Central Luzon.

The PDEA official admitted it would be very hard to clear the country of illegal drugs by 2022.

However, he assured the public of a plan to rid the country of illegal drugs.

He also urged the newly-elected barangay officials to keep working with the agency and the police on the government's war on drugs.

Meanwhile, Vergara vowed to expand the Balay Silangan that will fast track the reformation program.

Aquino said the patients will have to undergo spiritual, psycho-social, physical and livelihood training.

For now, Aquino said only four provinces were declared drug cleared namely Batanes, Southern Leyte, Biliran, and Romblon.