20 percent of barangay nationwide drug-affected

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) bared that at present, out of 42,065 barangay in the country, 20.51 percent are considered drug-affected. PDEA Director Arturo Cacdac Jr. said the percentage represents a total of 8,629 barangay, which have drug-related issues. The consolidated data were gathered from operational reports of PDEA Operating Units and other law enforcement agencies. A barangay is said to be drug-affected when there is a determined existence of drug user, pusher, manufacturer, marijuana cultivator or other drug personality. Cacdac identified three parameters in determining a barangay drug-affectation: slightly affected, moderately affected, and seriously affected. A barangay is considered slightly affected if there are identified drug users in the community but no known drug pushers or traffickers are operating in the area; moderately affected if at least one suspected drug pusher or trafficker is operating in the barangay; and seriously affected if at least one drug laboratory, den, dive or resort is suspected to exist in the community. The National Capital Region (NCR) has the highest rate of affectation with 92.10 percent of the region’s barangays affected, followed by Region 4A (Calabarzon) at 33.78 percent. Based on the results of anti-drug operations conducted in 2014, the street value of shabu ranges from P2,000 to P10,000 per gram, while marijuana is priced at P18 to P300 per gram, depending on the area of transaction and quality of drug sold.

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