Pending the verification of the regional level, the town of Maribojoc will soon have all of its barangays free from the scourge of drugs.
Maribojoc mayor Mer Arocha said he has a focal person to assure the regional verification will be successful to certify all 22 barangays in the town as drug-free.
He said, during an exclusive interview conducted by the Bohol Tribune team last Tuesday, he made sure to double down on the drug problem when he assumed office in 2016.
Arocha said he laid down a program to persuade the drug users in his town to give up their vices and instead to focus on other activities such as engaging in tree planting events among others.
He hopes that all 22 barangays in the town shall be cleared of any drug activities.
PEACE AND ORDER
Arocha said he has placed a premium on peace and order in the town.
His priority is to ensure the town is peaceful in order to draw more tourists and investments.
With a stable peace and order, the town will be able to draw more economic and job opportunities for the people of Maribojoc.
He cited the P3 million solar-powered street lighting project as a way to illuminate the dark areas of the national highway.
The street lighting project, said Arocha, is one among many projects aimed to bring down criminality in the town.
Reports said about 75 lampposts were installed along the stretch of Abatan Bridge until the Loon-Maribojoc border in Punta Cruz.
The budget for the street lighting came from the prize money the town got when it earned the Seal of Good Local Governance from the Department of Interior and Local Governments.
The mayor said the project will deter the robbers and other nefarious characters in carrying out illegal activities under the cloak of darkness.
It is also hoped there would be a significant decrease in traffic incidents following the installation of the streetlights.
He said while Bohol was dark during last Saturday’s province-wide power interruption, the national highway in Maribojoc was properly lighted since the lights are not connected to any regular power source, instead use the power coming from the sun.
FISH LANDING FACILITY
To boost the economy of the town, Arocha is upbeat about the completion of another fish landing facility.
He hopes the fisher folks will be able to take advantage of the fish landing facility to improve their take and their income.
Arocha said one of the reasons fish prices are high is because the fisher folks have no choice but to sell to middlemen.
With the middlemen in the equation, prices of fish in the province will take a hit and said to be higher compared to other places in the Visayas.
The mayor said he wants to organize the fisher folks so there would be a singular buyer, eliminating the middlemen, so that fish resources coming from Maribojoc will benefit first the Boholanos.
The fish landing facility is among the 12 such facilities eyed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Bohol, said Arocha.