Police again eye drug-free Pangasinan


THE Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) is hopeful that all towns and cities in Pangasinan will again be declared drug free by the end of year 2018.

“We hope we can meet that time frame,” P/Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, chief of the PPPO’s police-community relations office said in a talk over local radio station DWCM in the program “Usapang Police”.

P/Sr. Superintendent Wilson Lopez, Pangasinan police provincial director joined the program.

Florentino said to date, there are 29 town of Pangasinan, including the town of Sto. Tomas, which is the only non drug-affected town of Pangasinan, had been declared drug-free after thorough validation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

In the same forum, Lopez maintained that operations against illegal drugs are non-stop in all 48 towns and cities of Pangasinan.

Asked why there are a still a number of drug personalities being arrested despite the announcement by PNP that the whole of Pangasinan was already drug-cleared at the end of December 2017, Lopez said those involved in illegal drugs always try to sneak in and operate in barangays but police operatives are able to detect them quickly with their  strategy.

He said recent arrests in anti-drug operations involved mostly newly emerged drug personalities in updated watch lists and a number were former drug surrenderers.

“This is why we continue to appeal to the communities in barangays to report unusual presence of strangers and activities in their neighborhood,” Lopez said.

“If people want the whole province to be declared drug-free fast, they must help cooperate with their police and point to where the drug peddling is going on in their barangays,” Lopez added.

Lopez said he is happy with the initial results of the re-intensified operations against illegal drugs launched by all city and municipal police stations in Pangasinan, each one submitting satisfactory accomplishments.

He also took note of the indispensable support of the provincial government in the war on drugs and to every program of the PNP.

“Yong ipinatayo ni Governor Espino na Pangasinan Drug Reformation Center sa Burgos ay napalalaking bagay,” Lopez said.

He urged parents to send their children already addicted to drugs to the Reformation Center so they can be fully rehabilitated. (Leonardo Micua).

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