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Camiguin steps up measures to act on crimes, insurgency, drug abuse

Philippine Information Agency
25 Feb 2020, 22:38 GMT+10

CAMIGUIN, Feb. 24 (PIA) -- Curbing crimes to 400 percent from last year's comparative 8 focus crimes and transforming 80 reformists with its newly established Balay Silangan, the Provincial Government of Camiguin along with the national line agencies heightens its campaigns and programs to attain peace and sustainable development.

With the implementation of Disiplina Muna advocacy campaign of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said a lot of peace and order problems in the province will be addressed such as illegal gambling, road safety, and exploitation during the Joint Meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC), Provincial Task Force for NCoV (PTF-NCoV), Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), and Provincial Task Force for Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC), February 24.

For peace and order and public safety index, Lt. Col. Rolando Cuya, Jr. said the province has only recorded 13 incidents since January 1-February 14 which is lower compared to 17 incidents tallied on the same period last year.

Cuya further said the Camiguin Provincial Police Office also strengthens its campaign against wanted persons where they arrested 13 most wanted and other wanted persons, and its campaign against illegal gambling where they were able to arrest one person and confiscated P866 in January 1-February 14.

Together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the province doubles its effort to condemn violent and terrorist acts of CPP-NPA through the issuance of barangay and municipal resolution, conduct of youth leadership summit, and encouraging local government units to declare persona non grata.

Lt. Col. Ricky Canatoy, 58th Infantry Battalion commander, said it is also essential to have a clear view of every situation that may arise affecting security, impart CPP-NPA strategy, and activate the local task force to end local communist armed conflict at the municipal and barangay levels.

As for aiding reformists to reintegrate back to the society, the provincial government in partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) crafts daily activities for the reformists in Balay Silangan as well as leads the training on therapeutic community ladderized program.

Simplicio Bautista Jr. of PDEA said out of 58 barangays, 55 are already declared drug-free, 2 are unaffected while only 1 barangay is still uncleared.

"To maintain the drug-free status of the province, we should conduct drug awareness seminar in all high school and colleges in Camiguin, conduct trainer's training at the municipal level and a seminar for a drug-free workplace, and barangay level reporting and monitoring of drug personalities," Bautista said.

For his part, Romualdo said the provincial government will also act on illegal gambling as they received reports that some children do not attend school regularly because they guard the vehicles of those who are involved in derby betting in exchange for a meager income.

He also added that illegal parking in such areas along with the non-usage of a helmet while driving a motorcycle will be prohibited as part of the Disiplina Muna implementation. (RTP/PIA10)

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