THE peace and order situation in the province is well under control.
The assurance was made by Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) Director P/Colonel Redrico Maranan during a meeting with Provincial Peace and Order Council last week, despite lack of personnel force currently at 2,492 or 1:1,248 ratio based on the province’s current population.
Maranan who appeared before the council to respond to queries about possible terror attacks in Northern Luzon including Pangasinan, said constant monitoring shows that leftist groups are not active but he did not discount the possibility of terror attacks at anytime due to sightings of leftist groups crossing certain in parts of the province, particularly at the boundaries with Nueva Ecija and Zambales.
To sustain the peace and order situation, Maaranan said PPPO said implementation of search warrants and the campaign against loose firearms, enhanced patrol and checkpoint operation are done regularly.
He cited the “one-time, big -time” operations against criminal groups that resulted in the arrest of members of a carnapping syndicate in Manaoag town, the akyat-bahay syndicate in Sual and a gun-for-hire member of a notorious group in Bani town.
He also cited current performance of Pangasinan PNP in the province:
- The number of murder cases dropped from 93 last year to 73; 553 reported crimes against people from last year’s 660 cases.
- Vehicular accidents this year were 4,335 compared to 5,798 last year.
- This year’s 1,026 crime index is lower than the 1,324 last year.
- The crime solution efficiency is up 80.71% compared to just 74.27% in 2018.
In the war on drugs, the campaign launched 650 operations that resulted in the arrest of 678 drug personalities. To date, the number of drug surrenderers has reached 20,470; 15,873 completed the Recovery and Wellness Program (RWP) from 17,473 or 85% of those who underwent RWP.
Meanwhile, he said twenty-six (26) towns, Laoac, Dasol, Mapandan, Natividad, Anda, Mabini, Alcala, Malasiqui, Burgos, Sta. Maria, Sison, Aguilar, Bugallon, Lingayen, Bayambang, Mangatarem, Rosales, Labrador, Calasiao, Villasis, San Manuel, Sta. Barbara, Mangaldan, Urbiztondo and Tayug, nd Alaminos City were drug cleared. Sto. Tomas remains the only town declared drug free.
Two towns awaiting declaration as drug-cleared by regional sub-committee are: Infanta, Balungao, Asingan, Manaoag, Umingan, Bani, Binmaley, Pozorrubio, Sual, San Fabian, San Carlos City and Urdaneta City. Basista town was recently submitted for validation.
He said the status of Binalonan, Agno, Bautista, San Nicolas and San Jacinto were revoked.
San Quintin and Dagupan City have been endorsed by PDEA pending submission of their administrative requirements.
In sum, 1,023 Barangay have been declared drug- cleared and only 248 remain drug-affected.
The provincial board led by Vice Governor Mark Lambino later commended PPPO “for showing good results can be expected from the solid foundation it has accomplished so far.” (Nora Dominguez)
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