Lingayen- - -The Pangasinan provincial board will exert all efforts to help strengthen the anti-drug abuse council in the grassroots level in a form of provincial resolution.
This developed after the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional director was invited for a question hour during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on June 16 where presentation of report regarding illegal drugs campaign was done.
Board Member Alfonso Bince, Jr. in an interview said that the provincial government wants to be updated in the overall situation on drug-related crimes in Pangasinan.
|Adrian Alvarino, PDEA regional director(Right)|
The social menace, according to Bince, is among the priorities of the present administration led by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr.
It can be recalled that the provincial government has intensified its anti-illegal drugs campaign by involving the youth led by the provincial scholars.
A manifesto of commitment was then signed to showcase the active involvement of the youth in the campaign.
Gov. Espino earlier said that drug operation is a continuing process thus intensification of the campaign is a must that will be made more effective through prevention of the use of the illegal substance and the apprehension as well as prosecution of persons behind the illegal drugs trade.
Adrian Alvarino, PDEA regional director, said that Pangasinan ranks first in the entire region in terms of volume of seizures or apprehensions with 108% increase this early quarter of the year compared to last year’s record.
He said that PDEA Pangasinan is doing its job to strengthen partnership with other law enforcement units and intends to further intensify its intelligence operations through linkages with authorities.
However, the PDEA regional director admitted that their team needs more support from the government to fully implement their mandate specifically in the barangay level.