Monday, June 20, 2016

RPOC creates inter-agency
anti-drug task force in CV

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 15, (PIA) –With the creeping threat of drug abuse in the Central Visayas, the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) creates a special task force that would specifically craft   strategies to counter the spread and possibly render the threat ineffective.

The mulled regional multi sectoral inter-agency group, would be comprised of the National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Justice, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police would tackle everything which involves winning against the drug threat.  

At the joint RPOC and Regional Development Council meeting June 15 at the Bohol Tropics, it was Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto who, apparently troubled by the spreading problem, hinted a template of multi-sectors jointly fighting against a common problem.

Picking on police adoption of Bayan Against Narcotics Addiction And Trafficking (BANAT) in uprooting drug personalities in the past weeks, the Bohol governor who currently chairs the strong RDC, inserted the proposal for an inter-agency coordination against criminality and the unified efforts in fighting against drug abuse.

The unified approach, in the task force system, according to Chatto is also the same approach that the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) is adopting through Task Force Dagon.

Meanwhile, Cebu Governor and RPOC chair Governor Hilario Davide Jr., called the Chatto proposal, a step in the right direction.

Davide was saying that it is also in line with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s very serious fight against drugs.

As this happened, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) through Deputy Regional Director Wardley Getalla bared that of the region’s 2,446 barangays, 1,194 or about 48.81% are [already] drug affected.

In Bohol for example, in its 1,109 barangays, only 251 barangays remain unaffected, 566 barangays already with drug users and is this slightly affected by drugs.

He also pointed out that 284 barangays are moderately affected, with at least a drug pusher residing in the barangay, thus moderately affected while 8 barangays here are seriously affected, with possibly a drug den and over two pushers living there.  

While police and anti-narcotics authorities have been constantly pursuing drug personalities, PDEA showed a deplorable detail: of the 106, 092 cases file between 2002 to 2014, only 9,585 or about 18.46 % of cases have been resolved.

And as to the resolved cases, only 5,625 or about 27% of them earned for the government convictions, Getalla showed via multi-media presentation.

9,051 cases were accordingly acquitted and another 5,269 or 27% have been dismissed.

Over-all, both the acquittals and dismissals comprise 73% of the resolved cases, Getalla pointed out.

In comparison, from January 2015 to April 2016, authorities have files 4,297 cases but so far, only 4,187 cases are undergoing trial, 66 have been convicted and 44 cases were dismissed.

On the clearly discouraging figures of acquittals and dismissals, Gov Chatto suggested that the multi-sectoral inter agency group can study measures to give the government operatives better batting averages.

All proposed measures by the multi-agency body would still be presented to the regional consultative council before adopting these for implementation, Chatto assured. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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