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PDEA to ‘cleanse’ 827 drug-affected barangays in Central Luzon

PDEA to ‘cleanse’ 827 drug-affected barangays in Central Luzon
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Director Gil Pabilona talks about the “harsher” strategies they will employ against illegal drugs to cleanse 827 drug-affected barangays in the region in 2019 during the News@Hues Press Conference of the Pampanga Press Club. (Marie Joy L. Simpao/PIA 3)

By Marie Joy L. Simpao
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will ‘cleanse’ a total of 827 drug-affected barangays in Central Luzon this year.

“Our marching order is to rid 2,439 barangays of illegal drugs and its related activities until 2022, and we will start with 827 barangays this 2019,” PDEA Regional Director Gil Pabilona said.

To meet this target, PDEA will employ harsher campaign against illegal drugs.

“Since this is considered a national security threat, more government resources will now be used for the campaign. Instead of limited resources from PDEA and Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), as well as other government agencies may also be tapped for various initiatives,” he said.

At the regional level, Pabilona said they will seek the help of local chief executives and barangay captains by furnishing them with the list of wanted personalities so they can conduct monitoring and arrests at their respective areas.

The director added that they will coordinate with Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to monitor the functionality of Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs) and see to it that they conduct regular meetings, submit watchlist reports, and have rehabilitation programs.

These ADACs, he said, will also help the villages meet 14 parameters for a drug-cleared barangay including the absence of drug pushers, users and dens; and presence of community-based programs.

“We are also tasked to focus our operations in seaports, airports and shorelines,” Pabilona added.

Another proposed program of PDEA is the establishment of rehabilitation centers to cater to minors involved in illegal drug trade.

As of February 22, Pabilona said the PDEA had cleared 119 of 709 villages of the drug menace in Nueva Ecija, 118 of 385 in Pampanga, 116 of 118 in Bataan, 43 of 185 in Zambales, 110 of 392 in Tarlac, 35 of 507 in Bulacan, 54 of 96 in Aurora, 2 of 31 in Angeles City and 1 of 16 in Olongapo City.

Joint operatives of PDEA and PNP were also able to apprehend approximately 200,000 drug personalities in Central Luzon in 2018. (CLJD/MJLS-PIA 3)

 

 

 

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DOT SEES POTENTIAL OF ‘IBONG DAYO FESTIVAL’ AS INT’L EVENT

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DOT SEES POTENTIAL OF ‘IBONG DAYO FESTIVAL’ AS INT’L EVENT
Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr. lauds the annual Ibong Dayo Festival for promoting different bird species migrating at the Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park. Mar Jay S. Delas Alas/PIA 3)

By Mar Jay S. Delas Alas
BALANGA CITY — Ibong Dayo Festival in Balanga City could be an international event in the near future.

In his message during the ninth edition of the festival, Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr. praised the role of the city government as well as residents in protecting the wetland and promoting its migratory birds.

“There is a concerted effort among all of us not only the local government, not only the national government, but the community is really part of taking care and protecting our wetlands,” Boncato said.

He expressed support and interest in advancing the festival by adding an international flavor to attract more tourists.

“We also shared with the good Mayor that maybe next year, we gear up and makes this festival known to many more markets,” the Undersecretary for Tourism Regulation Coordination and Resource Generation said.

“We can invite foreign scientists and bird enthusiasts to come and celebrate with us so our Ibong Dayo will not be only for us Filipinos but also for all who appreciate sustainable tourism,” he furthered.

In a recent bird census conducted by Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, about 9,544 birds were seen in the city.

“The arrival of the migratory birds continues in the city varying in terms of numbers for various reasons but the message here is that for as long as we see them here in Balanga, everything is doing well,” Boncato stressed.

Ibong Dayo Festival is an annual event recognizing the different bird species migrating at the Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park in barangay Tortugas.

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DORM FOR AETA STUDENTS OPENS IN CAPAS

DORM FOR AETA STUDENTS OPENS IN CAPAS
the municipal government of Capas opens a dormitory for Aeta students. Located in Sitio Bilad of barangay O’Donnell, the facility has two rooms wherein each can accommodate approximately 40 students.(Capas Information Office)

By Cherie Joyce V. Flores

CAPAS, Tarlac — Municipal government of Capas opened a dormitory for Aeta students.

Located in Sitio Bilad of barangay O’Donnell, the facility has two rooms wherein each can accommodate approximately 40 students.

“It will be utilized by our Aeta students residing in several mountains and sitios here in Capas. We launched this to provide shelter for the students while they are studying so that they will no longer spend much time to travel to their school and go back to their sitios,” Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan said.

“We also want to ensure the safety and welfare of our Aeta students and as much as possible help them to have a comfortable and normal life,” Catacutan added.

The dormitory will be managed by the municipal government in cooperation with the barangay officials to ensure the security and protection of the Aeta students.

The project was funded by Good People International, an international development non-government organization with special consultative status granted by United Nations Economic and Social Council. — CLJD/CJVF-PIA 3)

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TARLAC STATE U TOPS CRIMINOLOGY LICENSURE EXAM

TARLAC STATE U TOPS CRIMINOLOGY LICENSURE EXAM
Tarlac State University ranks as the top-performing school in the December 2018 Criminologist Licensure Examination with a passing rate of 98.25 percent.(Tarlac State University-Office of Public Affairs and Information)
TARLAC CITY — Tarlac State University (TSU) was ranked as the top-performing school in the December 2018 Criminologist Licensure Examination with a passing rate of 98.25 percent, besting 575 other schools in the country.
“We have produced 56 new criminologists out of the 57 graduates who took the examination,” TSU President Dr. Myrna Q. Mallari said.
TSU was followed by six other criminology schools with a passing rate of at least 80 percent.
These include King’s College of the Philippines – Bambang with a passing rate of 96.23%, Cavite State University with 95.38%, University of the Cordilleras with 95.24%, King’s College of the Philippines-Benguet with 90.38%, Laguna State Polytechnic University-San Pablo with 86.27%, and Data Center College of the Philippines-Laoag City with 80.28 percent.
“This is the second time it has been named as the top-performing since we opened the program in 2012,” she added.
In November 2016, TSU Board of Regents approved the creation of the College of Criminal Justice Education.
“The whole TSU community is so proud of the achievement of this College. We assure that we will continue to provide the community with professionally competent and morally upright graduates who can deliver efficient and effective services in crime prevention, crime detection and investigation, law enforcement, and the custody and the rehabilitation of offender,” Mallari furthered. – Cherie Joyce V. Flores. PIA