Pangasinan leads campaign in Region 1

WAR ON DRUGS

LINGAYEN —In the war on drugs, Pangasinan is presently leading the other provinces in the number of towns and cities being declared drug-free.

This was the information conveyed by Agnes A. De Leon, provincial director of the Dept. of Interior and Local Gov’t (DILG) to the joint meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) last week presided by Gov. Amado Espino III.

De Leon said other provinces in Region 1 have yet to accomplish 50% of their targets in their respective areas.

In this regard, the joint meeting agreed to adopt a resolution commending the leadership of both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for their high rate of accomplishments in Pangasinan.

P/Sr. Superintendent Ronald O. Lee, reported to the meeting the decrease in both crime indices and illegal drug activities in Pangasinan.

He said there are 24 city/municipalities in the province that were already declared drug-free by PDEA, namely, Alaminos City, Agno, Laoac, Dasol, Mapandan, San Nicolas, Natividad, Anda, Mabini, Alcala, Malasiqui, Burgos, Sta. Maria, Sison, Binalonan, Aguilar, Bugallon, San Jacinto, Lingayen, Bautista, Bayambang, Mangatarem, Rosales, and Labrador. The town of Calasiao and city of Urdaneta are awaiting declaration, as well.

Five municipalities, namely, Tayug, Villasis, Asingan, Sta. Barbara, and San Manuel are awaiting validation from the regional oversight committee.

Meanwhile, the documentation submitted by 13 municipalities/cities, namely, Pozorrubio, Sual, Umingan, Infanta, San Carlos, Dagupan, San Quintin, Mangaldan, San Fabian, Bani, Manaoag, Binmaley and Balungao are already being validated.

The inauguration of the Pangasinan Reformation Center in Burgos town last February 27 was also hailed as a major accomplishment of the provincial government. It will implement reformation programs and activities for the youth engaged in illegal drug trade beginning April 10 and will include spiritual transformation, knowledge enhancement, skills development for livelihood. (PIO/RRB)

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