Issue of March 4, 2018
Mt. Province

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MJ sources in CAR dwindling
by PNA

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera said that the government’s war on illegal drugs has partially resolved the marijuana production problem in the region with the reduction in the number of provinces that are known as sources of marijuana.

PDEA Regional Director Edgar Apalla said that prior to President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, there were four provinces – Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, and Kalinga – identified as sources of marijuana.

He said that at present, only Mount Chumanchil in Ting-layan, Kalinga was found to have marijuana plantations during the eradication operations conducted by personnel of the PDEA, Philippine National Police, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Aside from that, Apalla said only eight barangays remain in the category of drug-affected villages in the region. Six are in Baguio and two are in Benguet.

He added that there were a number of barangays that were earlier drug-cleared but monitoring found a resurgence of illegal drugs in these areas.

Apalla said that PDEA earlier conducted drug clearing operations in the different barangays to curb the proliferation of illegal drugs and promote the involvement of villages in stopping drug trafficking and abuse.

He said drug users now purchase marijuana directly from the growers and some sellers pose as tourists. Some use minors to avoid arrest, and payments are now done through banks. Marijuana is also transported outside the region using public utility buses or private vehicles for rent.

He said that the shabu being sold in the Cordillera come from Pangasinan, Region III, National Capital Region, New Bilibid Prison, and Region IV-A.

Apalla said Cordillera is one of the least drug-affected regions in the country.

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