February 22, 2024

Four barangays in the city remained to be drug-affected even as seven others improved their status from drug-affected to drug-cleared.
Bakakeng Central, Irisan, Loakan, and Lourdes Extension barangays continue to be drug-affected as per the report of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Officer Edwin Changropen during the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) meeting recently.
The seven recently declared as drug-cleared are Dominican-Mirador, Fairview Village, Gibraltar, Kayang Extension, Lower Magsaysay, Pinget, Santo Nino-Slaughterhouse.
This raised the total of drug-cleared barangays to 57.
Three barangays retained their drug-free status, according to the report.
All in all, the city has 57 drug-cleared, three drug-free and four drug-affected barangays as of Nov. 24.
A last-quarter comparative report between 2021 and 2022 showed notable improvement in the percentage of drug-cleared barangays from 88.36 percent (of the 128 barangays) in 2021 to 93.80 percent in 2022; drug-affected from 8.54 percent in 2021 to 3.10 percent in 2022. 
The number of drug-free barangays remained the same in both years.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong who chairs the CPOC welcomed the gains in the anti-drug campaign and expressed appreciation to law enforcement agencies and other sectors actively working to combat the drug problem in the city. – Aileen P. Refuerzo and Julie Fianza