Aurora declared drug-cleared province

March 18, 2020

AURORA province is now drug cleared, the Police Provincial Office said.

The Aurora Police Provincial Office (APPO) said after months of evaluation, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Central Luzon has declared the province free of illegal drugs.

Provincial director Col. Raul Siriban said Maria Aurora and Baler were the last towns declared drug-cleared.

Records showed a total of 82.12 percent or 124 barangays are now drug-cleared while 17.88 percent or 27 villages are still affected by the menace.

About 3,845 druggies surrendered to authorities in the province.

Of the number, 3,110 completed the community-based Bahay Pagbabago Reformation Program.

“Through reformation program, with the help of stakeholders, a total of 104 drug surrenderers are now working in government, others are engaged in business and some are presently working abroad,” Siriban said.