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PNP relaunches operation vs illegal drugs with the creation of P-DEG

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

PHILIPPINES — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will resume conducting operations against illegal drugs after the creation of the PNP Drug Enforcement Agency (P-DEG) which replaces the now defunct Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG).

The new police unit applies not only on the national level, but also on the regional, provincial and municipal levels.

Knocking on doors of suspected drug personalities under the Project Tokhang of the Oplan Double Barrel Alpha Reloaded will also resume under the new campaign.

However, PNP Chief PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said the chief of police, as well as territorial heads like barangay chairmen and religious leaders will participate during the door-to-door knockings.

He added that this would help avoid violence during Oplan Tokhang operations.

“Para lalabas na mas credible itong ating kampanya, makikiusap tayo sa ating kaparian ba tulungan tayo (To make our campaign more credible, we will be asking priests to help us,” said PNP Chief Dela Rosa.

“Ikaw ba naman na drug personality pag kinatok ang bahay mo at pagsilip mo ay andoon ang cop, kapitan at pari siguro lalambot ang puso mo na magbago ka na o magpa rehab ka,” he added.

(If you were the drug personality, somebody knocks on your door and you see a cop, a barangay chief and a priest, it will probably move you to consider turning over a new leaf and going to rehab.)

The police chief also assures that they have thoroughly chosen those who will be part of P-DEG, which will be led by PSSupt. Graciano Mijares, the former deputy regional director for administration of Central Luzon.

“He’s from Mindanao. He’s focused on anti-organized crime. So he’s a veteran in the war against kidnappers and druglords in Mindanao. He had been shot several times, so he’s no longer afraid to die,” said Dela Rosa.

With the re-launch of the PNP’s fight against illegal drugs, the agency is optimistic about succeeding in the new anti-drug operation as there are now available rehabilitation centers for drug surrenderers.

Local government units also vow to help surrenders with non-serious conditions by having them undergo various activities. While those with serious drug addiction will be confined in a drug rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija.

“This time after 8 months almost all local units have already established their rehab programs that will cater those who are willing to undergo rehab. Those with serious drug addiction we can refer them to Nueva Ecija. In other places where the LGU is weak, the PNP will shoulder the said program,” explained the PNP Chief.

In the 1.2 million recorded drug users across the country within 8 months, 90% of them do not have serious drug addiction, and thus, can be treated through community-based rehabilitation programs. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP launches newest mobile app for public security

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY,  Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) entered into a memorandum of agreement with a local mobile company in launching a new mobile application that would assist the public in times of emergencies.

“Samsung 321” is a mobile service application that provides users with a database of government institutions and facilities that can be contacted. The application uses global positioning system (GPS) to show the specific location of the target institution along with nearby landmarks and establishments on Google map.

The mobile app also provides contact information of the institution as well as national disaster hotlines. It covers 84 locations nationwide with Batangas, Ilocos Norte, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Occidental Mindoro, Albay, Palawan and the National Capital Region among others.

According to Director Napoleon Taas of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT,) the mobile application can also be used to report crimes. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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25 drug reformists graduate from Bahay Pagbabago

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Bahay Pagbabago drug reformists

 

BULACAN, Philippines – A total of 25 drug surrenderers have successfully completed the three-month reformation program of the government at Bahay Pagbabago in the town of Baliuag, Bulacan.

During the three-month period, they were trained to do house chores, vegetable farming, solar lamp manufacturing and some livelihood programs facilitated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Each of the reformists received a training certificate from TESDA and relief packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as gifts for their waiting relatives.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) advised the reformists to totally refrain from using illegal drugs and join the authorities in monitoring other drug surrenderers who are still under rehabilitation towards full recovery.

“Paulit-ulit naming inire-remind na sana tuloy tuloy na ang pagbabago natin. Alam ninyo ba na may mga mangilan-ngilan lang naman na naka-graduate na sa Bahay Pagbabago sa Region 3 na nahuli pa rin. Iyong iba nanlaban pa. Kaya sa amin lang tuloy-tuloy ang pagbabago at huwag tayong tumulad sa kanila,” said PSupt. Froilan Uy, Chief of Baliuag Police.

(We remind them time and again to follow through with the reform. Did you know that some  Bahay Pagbabago graduates in Region 3 resumed the habit and got arrested? Some even resisted arrest. Do not end up like them.  We encourage graduates to continue to change for the better.) Gerry Galicia | UNTV News & Rescue 

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PNP Chief Albayalde faces online bashers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

9 of the 20 online bashers of PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde face the DIDM

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde met face to face earlier today with nine of his 20 bashers on social media.

This was after negative comments against his policies were posted on Facebook under the account name “Buhay Lespu”.

The said nine individuals, who are all police officers, went to Camp Crame after the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management summoned them.

General Albayalde explained to them that the Philippine National Police has a grievance committee where they may report their complaints, and it is not right to use profanity against the PNP chief.

“Dito sa amin we have rules and policies and tradition that we have to follow …. we just want to make instill discipline to this people baka kasi gayahin ito ng mga iba na akala nila okey lang itong ginagawa nila na minumura nila ang sarili nilang commander,” said Albayalde.

(We have rules and policies and tradition that we have to follow ….we just want to instill discipline among these people because others might follow suit and think it’s acceptable to cuss at your own commander.)

The said cops will be facing complaints for “conduct unbecoming of an officer.” — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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