Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Village chiefs in Tiwi, Albay enjoined to discuss PNP’s drug war during assembly
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, March 22 (PNA) —- The head of the Tiwi Municipal Police Office has reminded the heads of the town's 25 barangays to provide an update to their constituents on the war against illegal drugs during the synchronized barangay assembly that will be held on Saturday.

Senior Insp. Jan King Calipay, Tiwi chief of police, said the assembly will be an opportunity for the people to be heard and be involved in discussions with local officials in the village level on important issues in their communities.

“We are planning to discuss the results of the war against illegal drugs and to ask the people to pledge their support to the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya – Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA-MASID) program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG),” he said.

Calipay explained that the campaign against the proliferation of illegal drugs is being continuously pursued by the Philippine National Police (PNP) with police operations ongoing in all the barangays of the town.

He said any barangay which has been declared “cleared” of the illegal drug problem will still be subjected to police operations against both “big-time” and street level drug personalities.

Calipay said nearly all barangays in Tiwi have been declared as “drug-clear” while Barangays Cale and Joroan are still in the process of declaring their barangays as such.

Declaring a barangay as “drug-clear” is a prerogative of the PNP in the area which conducts massive police operations, information education campaign and police-community relations work with support from various sectors in the locality such as the church, schools, non government organizations and business groups.

The Philippine Drug and Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which supports the PNP in the drug war, is tasked with declaring a village as “drug-free” based on the parameters set by the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Calipay said the Tiwi MPO has recorded the arrest of six drug personalities and the surrender of 724 persons who are either users or pushers of illegal drugs.

Pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 2017-31 dated February 20, all barangays have been enjoined to conduct a barangay assembly for the first semester of 2017.

The activity is set on March 25, 2017 with the theme: "Sulong Barangay Kontra Droga, Krimen at Katiwalian: Makialam! Makilahok! Makiisa!" (Onward against drugs, crime and corruption: Get involved and be one with the community).

A barangay-based program that encourages volunteerism to curb crime, corruption and the drug menace, MASA-MASID is implemented through a MASA-MASID team that engages in advocacy and education campaign; information gathering and reporting; and community-based rehabilitation program for drug dependents. (PNA)