Barangay Ayala Alabang is first Muntinlupa barangay to achieve “Drug-Cleared” status
From the Barangay Ayala Alabang Facebook Page:
Since the formal launch of Drug Clearing Operations on May 31, 2018, Barangay Ayala Alabang has been working closely with local and national partner agencies to present evidence that the village meets a number of parameters mandated under Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 3 series of 2017.
1. Non-availability of drug supply
2. Absence of drug den, pusher, user
3. Absence of clandestine drug laboratory
4. Active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities
5. Existence of drug awareness, preventive education and information
6. Existence of voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk
Necessary documentation attesting to the above were submitted and validated, prompting the release of a certification declaring Ayala Alabang as a “Drug-Cleared Barangay” attested by Hon. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and certified by Chief of Police, PSSUPT. Gerardo Umayao and signed by DIR III Ismael Fajardo Jr. as the Regional Director, PDEA Regional Office-NCR.
Furthermore, BAA Officials and rank & file staff submitted themselves to a Workplace Anti Drug Abuse Policy which required attendance in various fora and a mandatory drug testing.
After BAA met all the necessary criteria, the Muntinlupa Anti Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) then recommended that Mayor Fresnedi grant the proclamation of BAA as a “DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE” subject to periodic monitoring by the DAPCO.
Unveiling of the “DRUG-CLEARED BARANGAY” and “DRUG-FREE BARANGAY HALL” BILLBOARDS took place on September 7, 2018 at the Basilan St. Covered Court. Present were high ranking officials of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Dept. of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Philippine National Police-Muntinlupa (PNP-MCPS), the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Office (DAPCO), the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Ayala Alabang Village Association (AAVA). Representing Mayor Fresnedi was Councilor Mark Lester Baes.
Of the nine Muntinlupa Barangays, BAA is the second to receive the “Drug Free Workplace” certification, following Barangay Poblacion. However, it is the first Muntinlupa barangay to achieve a “Drug-Cleared Barangay” certification, a milestone for the community.