Crackdown against illegal drugs intensified in Ilocos Region

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – The police force of Ilokandia Region will not only be busy serving and protecting thousands of Filipino people during the election period, but will also be busy running after drug groups.

This, after Police Regional Office 1 formally opened a seminar on Anti-Illegal Drugs Operations and Investigation last Oct. 14.

Fifty policemen composed of 11 Police Commissioned Officers (PCO) and 39 Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCO) designated as investigators of the local police stations of the four provinces of Region 1 participated in the seminar training conducted by the personnel of Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force (AIDSOTF)  led by Police Chief Inspector Roque Merdegia Jr., Chief Legal and Investigation Division based in Camp Crame.

Police Senior Superintendent Alexander A. Pumecha, PRO1 Deputy Regional Director for Operations who served as the guest of honor and speaker, encouraged the participants to take the seminar seriously in order to intensify the crackdown against illegal drugs not only in Region 1 but also nationwide.

“We must continue to hit hard against illegal drugs, especially those personalities or groups behind the manufacture, cultivation and trafficking of illegal drugs.  Let us realize our dream of a drug-free region, and never let this one end up only as a dream.” Pumecha said.

“Region 1 is near the mountains of Cordillera where our borders have become the main cite for marijuana plantation.  Strategically, because it is very hard to reach and very hard to gain access of patrolling, so we must always be on alert against these lawless elements that enormously profit from shattering the future of our people who becomes indulged with it,” he added.

The deputy director also cited his experiences when he was still assigned in PRO-CORDILLERA and as provincial director of Abra where there were a lot of major accomplishments against illegal drugs.#