MANILA, Jan. 31 -- The chair of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs on Tuesday called on all local chief executives of island provinces in the country to adopt the inter-agency strategy of implementing stricter border controls in their respective jurisdictions.

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Robert Ace Barbers made this call as he commended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia's initiative to stop the flow of illegal drugs in the province's 22 major seaports.

"The 'localized drug war' initiated by Gov. Garcia in Cebu is commendable and is worth emulating by other governors whose jurisdictions have many seaports," Barbers said in a statement.

"Since maraming pwedeng daanan o pasukan ng shabu at iba pang illegal drugs sa bansa dahil tayo'y...