April 5, 2018, Filed under Press Release

Governor Amado I. Espino III (left) presides the joint quarterly meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and ProvincialAnti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) on March 26 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) Restaurant.

 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan— The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) are set to draft a joint resolution to commend the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for a job well done in their campaign to eradicate  illegal drugs in Pangasinan.

This developed after DILG Provincial Dir. Agnes A. De Leon suggested that a resolution be passed by the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) to give credit to the hard work of the two agencies.

In a joint meeting of the two councils on March 26 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center Restaurant which was presided by Governor Amado I. Espino III, De Leon lauded the province for its remarkable achievement in eradicating the social menace even as she added that the cooperation between the law enforcement agencies and the provincial government is impressive compared to other provinces in the region.

“I would like to congratulate Pangasinan kasi in the entire region, ito ang pinaka-masipag magdeclare ng drug-free,” the DILG provincial director said as she added that other provinces in Region 1 have not yet reach 50% accomplishment in their respective areas.

As reported by the PNP-PPO headed by PS/Supt. Ronald O. Lee, recorded crime incidence in Pangasinan and drug-related activities have remarkably decreased under the term of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the PNP PPO report noted.

Based on the report, there are now 24 city/municipalities in Pangasinan that were earlier declared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as drug-free areas. These are as follows: 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 are waiting for the approval from the regional sub-committee level. These are: Tayug, Villasis, Asingan, Sta. Barbara, and San Manuel.

On the other hand, 13 municipalities/cities were already endorsed to PDEA and are now subject to validation of submitted requirements. These include: Pozorrubio, Sual, Umingan, Infanta, San Carlos, Dagupan, San Quintin, Mangaldan, San Fabian, Bani, Manaoag, Binmaley and Balungao.

The towns of Bolinao, Urbiztondo and Basista are currently under pending status.

It can be recalled that the Espino administration has exerted all efforts to transform Pangasinan as a peaceful and safest place through various programs and projects to include support for the eradication of illegal drugs.

As such, Gov. Espino led the inauguration of the Pangasinan Reformation Center in Burgos town last February 27.

The multi-purpose facility is primarily intended to provide reformation programs and activities for the youth especially those who were engaged in illegal drugs. The reformation modules include spiritual transformation, knowledge enhancement, skills development and provision of livelihood opportunities.

The governor bared that the reformation center which starts on April 10 can accommodate not only drug surrenderees but other visitors for other purposes.

Gov. Espino suggested that the next meeting should be held out of town particularly in a drug-cleared area. 

It was approved by the body that the next quarterly meeting will be held in Alaminos City which is the first city to be declared drug-free. 

(Ruby R. Bernardino)

 

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Governor Amado I. Espino III (left) presides the joint quarterly meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and ProvincialAnti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) on March 26 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) Restaurant. The council’s main discussion was focused on the report presented by the Philippine National Police (PNP) headed by PS/Supt. Ronald O. Lee (2nd from left) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in their aim to transform Pangasinan as drug-free province this year. As such, DILG Provincial Director Agnes A. De Leon (right) suggested that a joint resolution be crafted by the councils that will commend the PNP and PDEA for their dedication and hard work as well as the cooperation of all municipalities and cities that were earlier declared as drug-free areas. Also on photo is Liga ng mga Barangay President Jeanne Jinky Zaplan (2nd from right). The next quarterly meeting will be held on June. Photo by Bob F. Sison/RRB)

 

 

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