PNP re-launches anti drugs drive in Palawan

PNP Provincial Director PSSUPT Gabriel Lopez and other PNP officials re-launched “Oplan Tokhang” at Camp Higinio Mendoza, Barangay Tiniguiban on Monday.

City and provincial police will be knocking again on doors of suspected illegal drug users and pushers to urge them to surrender under “Oplan Tokhang” which was reintroduced Monday during the celebration of the 24th PNP Ethics Day in the province.

Police Senior Inspector Ric Ramos, the spokesperson of the Palawan Police Provincial Office (PPO), said the relaunched house-to-house anti-illegal drugs operation will be done simultaneously by police offices nationwide every week – Monday to Friday – from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to continue President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Unlike the old Oplan, Ramos said the police involved in the operations will be permanently assigned and close coordination will be made with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the lead agency in the anti-drugs campaign.

“Ibig sabihin ay hindi na pa-iba iba ng personnel na involve sa operations, at of course nandiyan ang coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA),” PSI Ramos explained.

PNP Provincial Director, PSSUPT Gabriel C. Lopez in his message, reminded police officers to always uphold the rule of law.

Pastor Christopher L. Magpuyo of Palawan Treasure Baptist Church likewise shared his spiritual insights during the said activity.

“Bilang pulis dapat tayo ay maging example. Kasi nakikita natin na ang kapulisan na merong mga violations, e  na-generalize,” Ramos told Palawan News.

PSI Ramos said that under the new Oplan Tokhang there is already a time to execute the operation and there will no more Saturdays and Sundays, and that the police officers who will be assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) will be permanent.

“Binalik na sa amin at puwede na kaming kumilos [laban] sa illegal drugs, kalampagin na naman natin na huminto na sila kung meron pa silang activity,” PSSUPT Lopez told Palawan News.

He warned those who are engaged in drugs to refrain and go away from it. “Dapat umiwas sa droga kundi may kalalagyan sila,” the police director said.

He said that the provincial government of Palawan has an ongoing program known as CELP (Communiy Enhancement and Livelihood Program) to provide intervention to drug surrenderees in the province.

Surrenderees undergo training and provided with livelihood projects, in order to increase their income. He is hoping that the CELPE program will be continuous in order to address the need of the drug surrenderees.

“Target natin na malinis ang mga munisipyo sa ganyang gawain,” he added.

More than half of more than 300 barangays in the province are already declared as drug-free barangays, the provincial director said.

“Meron na tayong more than half na drug-cleared at drug-free,” he said.

He explained that there are other barangays that were not yet declared as drug-free because of some delays in the verification processing. He said this is because some barangays are on islands that are far.

These barangays, according to him, are ready to be declared drug-free but delays are beyond their control.

“Na de-delay yung drug test kit, kaya na dedelay ang pag-declare. Yung ibang lugar naman ay hindi kaagad mapuntahan. Para dito ay hihingi tayo ng tulong sa mga municipal leaders,” PSSUPT Lopez said.

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