Pasay police station places No. 1 in intensified anti-drug campaign in southern Metro Manila

January 17, 2014 11:57 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 17 — The Pasay City Police Station placed No. 1 among seven police stations in the southern part of Metro Manila in the intensified campaign against illegal drugs in 2013.

“Among seven police stations in Southern Police District, Pasay City placed number one in illegal drugs apprehensions with a total of 184 apprehensions last year,” newly-installed chief of police Sr. Supt. Florencio Ortilla said.

Ortilla assured Mayor Antonino Calixto that the Pasay Police under his leadership will continue to work together with all the barangays in the city as partners in the anti-drug campaign.

Calixto, for his part, lauded the local police for taking a more active role in the fight against illegal drugs in the city.

“A drug-free Pasay has always been my goal. That is why I ordered our local police that they must act decisively to maintain peace and order and that they should be extra vigilant against illegal drug activities,” Calixto said.

The mayor reiterated that his marching order to the Pasay police is to maintain an aggressive campaign against illegal drugs through continuous crackdown against drug users and suppliers.

He said that he expects Ortilla to continue the “war against illegal drugs.”

Pasay City government spokesman Jonathan Malaya said that just last November 2013, the city received an award from the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) for its involvement and significant contributions to the anti-drug abuse campaign of the national government.

Malaya said that Undersecretary Secretary Jose Marlowe Pedregosa, DDB Executive Director, himself said that the Pasay City government is one of their “staunch supporters” in the fight against drug abuse.

“In awarding the city, DDB recognizes the city’s efforts and utmost commitment for the success of the national drug abuse prevention and control campaign of the government, and in pursuit of the vision of a drug-free country,” Malaya said.

Calixto said that he is grateful that their anti-drug efforts have been recognized like the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) program to educate Pasay residents on Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

CADAC, he said, has been active in the barangays to raise awareness by teaching them how drugs affect their body, family relationships, finances, friends, neighbors, properties and the lives of other people.

Part of the city’s awareness campaign against illegal drugs is through the Drug Abuse Resistant Education or the DARE and Kids Against Drugs Program. (PNA)

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