FAMILIES, school authorities, barangay officials and employers will be playing a major role in the intensified anti-narcotics campaign nationwide ordered by President Duterte and Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa, a senior PNP official announced yesterday.
“We need to muster the full support of school authorities, out-of-school youths, jail officials, employers and employees and the barangay in our continuing aggressive campaign against illegal drug trafficking and abuse,” said PNP Director for Operations Chief superintendent Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan.
Cascolan told the Journal Group they will need all the help they can get from the citizenry as PNP started its Oplan: Double Barrel-Alpha two weeks ago.
He said the 18 Police Regional Offices are targeting for neutralization over 365,000 known drug personalities in their areas. The official said that from July 1 to last Friday, they have visited over three million houses nationwide in line with the implementation of the PNP Oplan: Tokhang leading to the surrender of nearly 760,000 confessed drug personalities, with more than 55,000 of them were drug dealers and the rest were users.
Different PNP units nationwide are now soliciting the help of school teachers, principals, students and their parents and local government units in launching a massive anti-drug education program in all schools and universities.
Cascolan said as stated in Article IV of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (Republic Act 9165), the Filipino family, students, teachers and school authorities play a key role in addressing the drug menace which has been described by President Duterte as a “clear and present danger” confronting the country.
He said that any teacher or school employee, who discovers or finds that any person in the school or within its immediate vicinity is liable for violating any of said provisions, shall have the duty to report the same to the school head or immediate superior who shall, in turn, report the matter to the proper authorities.
He added that “With the assistance of the Board, the Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd), the Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Director-General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), shall cause the development, publication and distribution of information and support educational materials on dangerous drugs to the students, the faculty, the parents, and the community.”