DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The Dumaguete City Police has confiscated P2 million worth of illegal drugs based on its anti-illegal drug operations conducted this year.
Insp. Vann Joel Tingson of Dumaguete City Police Station disclosed yesterday in a Kapihan Forum, that they were able to seize some 207.92 grams of illegal drugs which is pegged at P2, 453, 456 from the 112 anti-illegal drug operations done from the period of January to November.
The number of anti-illegal drug operations performed by the city police is higher compared to last year’s figures with 56 operations done. Tingson noted that this could be an indication of increased illegal drug proliferation in the city.
However, the city police was also able to do 76 entrapment operations, 27 police response operations and 9 search warrants served to some drug personalities.
Methamphetamine or ‘shabu’ is still the leading drug of choice in Dumaguete City.
Barangays Calindagan, Looc, Cadawinonan and Piapi are the four identified barangays that are highly affected with illegal drugs.
Tingson said Barangay Calindagan is the most critical community affected by illegal drugs with 46 drug personalities arrested. It is followed by barangay Looc with 35 persons arrested, Cadawinonan with 24 persons arrested and Piapi with 12 persons arrested.
Tingson added that the city police station is closely monitoring the situation in those barangays but he clarified that based on their surveillance and reports there is no ‘shabu’ laboratory in the city and most of the illegal drugs entering the Dumaguete comes from Cebu, Ozamiz and Dipolog City.
Poverty and livelihood concerns are still the most primary reason why people get involved in drug trading. Tingson narrated that once a family gets caught by the authorities, another family member will replace the arrested family member and continue the drug transaction.
Meanwhile, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Provincial Director Ivy Claire Oledan revealed that there are 111 barangays in the province that are considered drug affected. Most of these are in the 2nd District.
She explained that a barangay becomes drug affected if there is a presence of even one drug pusher.
Since there is no laboratory of illegal drugs in the city and province, Oledan said entry of shabu and other illegal drugs are at the seaports and airports.
The PDEA and the PNP as well as the provincial government through the Negros Oriental Drug Abuse and Prevention Council (NORDAPC) aims to lessen illegal drug proliferation by supply and demand reduction campaign through continued law enforcement operations and information drive to the community.
“Every week, we have twice (sessions) in schools and twice in the community for them to be aware on the illicit effects of drugs,” Tingson said.
Furthermore, both officials also invite the community to participate in the law enforcement interventions against illegal drugs.
“I am always emphasizing that the community can offer a big help but the problem is, only few people will give information. They will only come to the police or to PDEA once they became directly affected or if there are untoward incidents or robbery incidents in their place,” Oledan remarked in the local dialect.
“Law enforcements agencies encourage the community to help because this is not only the problem of the police, the PDEA, this is the problem of the community. We should work hand in hand in order to address this problem,” she appealed. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr?Article was first published at PIA website on Nov. 20, 2014)
the police, the PDEA, this is the problem of the community. We should work hand in hand in order to address this problem,” she appealed. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr)