• 14 Cordillera villages still marijuana-infested

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    THE Philippine National Police said that least 14 barangays (villages) in the Cordillera region particularly the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao and Mountain Province remain marijuana-infested. Chief Supt. Elmo Francis Sarona, Cordillera police regional chief, said he has personally visited and validated with his team the marijuana communities there. They found 11 villages in Benguet, two in Mountain Province and one in Ifugao, with marijuana plantations. Weed-infested villages in Benguet include Tacadang, Palina and Poblacion in Kibungan town; Gadang, Sagubo, Belengbelis and Pudong in Kapangan town; Kayapa, Sinacbat and Bagu in Bakun, and Baculungan in Buguias. In Mountain Province, the infested villages are Saclit in Sadanga town and Namatec in Sabangan town while in the province of Ifugao, only in Ahin, Tinoc town. Meanwhile, Sarona said the villages to be cleared of the illegal weeds can avail of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) Project of the national government. Congress has been asked for a budget increase of over 1,000 percent in 2017 from more than P700 million in 2016 to P8 billion in 2017.

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