STEPPED-UP anti-narcotics campaign by the Police Regional Office 4-B in Mimaropa region resulted in the surrender of 825 confessed drug dealers and users in the provinces of Mindoro Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan since last July 1, PRO4-B director Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor said yesterday.
Mayor said that from 15,409 drug offenders, the number rose to 16,234 during the six weeks of intensified implementation of the PNP Project: Double Barrel and Oplan: Tokhang in the region ordered by Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. de la Rosa.
Out of the 825 surrenderers, 688 were self-confessed users while 137 were confessed pushers, he said.
The former PNP spokesman said that a total of 136 known drug dealers in the region were also arrested in buy-bust operations, service of search warrants and police response during the same period. Among those arrested during the period was Police Officer 3 Jay Mogol of the Marinduque Police Provincial Office, who was caught in Puerto Galera last August 10 while carrying illegal drugs and firearms.
The Mimaropa police director has ordered the conduct of summary dismissal proceedings against Mogol.
Mayor said that the regional oversight committee on illegal drugs headed by the PRO4-B deputy regional director for operations will start to evaluate the performance on anti-illegal drugs operations, including Oplan: Tokhang, of different PRO4-B police provincial offices and city/municipal stations using the parameters set forth by Camp Crame.
Afterwhich, he said they will propose modifications and adjustments in concerned areas. Mayor said that to further beef-up their police presence, they will be recruiting 500 more policemen this coming September.
At present, the PRO4-B has a total strength of 5,165 personnel with its police to population ratio of 1:629 closer to the ideal ratio of 1:500.