Af­ter cleans­ing of vil­lages: Masan­tol set­sO­plan Dou­ble Bar­rel Al­pha

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MASAN­TOL - Af­ter the in­ten­sive drive to make the 26 vil­lages of this mu­nic­i­pal­ity drug­cleared, the Philippine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) to­gether with the lo­cal govern­ment is set to im­ple­ment the ex­panded anti-il­le­gal drug cam­paign dubbed as Dou­ble Bar­rel Al­pha.

The lo­cal PNP here led by Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Julius Javier met with the chair­men of the 26 vil­lages to dis­cuss the new­est project of the po­lice force to to­tally erad­i­cate the pro­lif­er­a­tion of dan­ger­ous drugs in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Javier first ex­plained that “drug-clear” is dif­fer­ent from “drug-free” vil­lages wherein drug-cleared means that vil­lages com­plied with all the re­quire­ment of IMPLAN 12-2016 oth­er­wise known as the PNP Il­le­gal Drugs Cam­paign Plan Project Dou­ble­Bar­rel while drug-free means that drug push­ing and us­ing to­tally stopped in the area.

“Ngayon ay drug-cleared palang tayo pero un­der Oplan Dou­ble Bar­rel Al­pha, umaasa tayo na mag­ing drug-free ang Masan­tol sa pa­ma­m­ag­i­tan ng mas malawig na in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion on the ef­fects of il­le­gal drugs in our bod­ies and in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

The Oplan Dou­ble Bar­rel Al­pha, Javier said, will be an elab­o­rated ver­sion of the ini­tial Dou­ble Bar­rel op­er­a­tion which will now in­clude schools, fac­to­ries, and other pri­vate es­tab­lish­ments.

The ex­panded pro­gram will still im­ple­ment the Oplan Tokhang by knock­ing at the doors of the said fa­cil­i­ties and es­tab­lish­ments to con­duct ed­u­ca­tion drive on stu­dents and em­ploy­ees.

Javier added that the PNP will also get back to the drug sus­pects who vol­un­tar­ily yielded them­selves to au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that they re­ally mended their ways away from the dan­ger­ous drugs.

“Ka­pag na-de­clare na as drug-cleared yung isang barangay, ang goal natin is i-main­tain yan sa pa­ma­m­ag­i­tan ng gani­tong pro­grama,” he stressed.

The PNP also tasked the chair­men to con­sult the drug sur­ren­derees in their re­spec­tive vil­lages if there are still drug users and push­ers who did not yet turn them­selves in.

“Ba­lik tayo ngayon sa mga sur­ren­derees kasi sig­u­rado may mga kasama­han sila dati, may kak­i­lala sila na hindi pa sumusuko. Tayo mismo na ngayon ang kaka­tok sa kanila para iin­form sila,” he ex­plained.

Javier said that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Oplan Dou­ble Bar­rel Al­pha is set next year af­ter all the barangays in this mu­nic­i­pal­ity will be cleared from drug selling and use.

As of Novem­ber, 18 of the 26 vil­lages here were al­ready de­clared drug-cleared by the Philippine Drug En­force­ment Agency and PNP while the re­main­ing eight vil­lages are ex­pected to com­ply with the re­quire­ments be­fore the year ends.

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