THE Police Regional Office 4-B has launched the innovative “Drogamon Go” anti-drug project aimed at addressing the drug menace in the entire Mimaropa region.
The program uses drug surrenderees to locate and train other drug suspects into becoming productive citizens again.
PRO4-B director Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor told PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa that Project: “Drogamon Go” is a localized version of the PNP “Oplan: Tokhang” and derived from the latest on-line game craze called “PokemonGo,” which is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS, Android, and Apple Watch devices.
The former PNP spokesman said that the Project: “Drogamon Go” is expected to further enhance the effectiveness of Oplan: “Tokhang,” which since last July 1 has already resulted in the surrender of nearly 18,000 drug suspects in the provinces of Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.
Of the 17,604 surrenderers, 16,097 are confessed drug users while 1,507 others are drug dealers. “Through Project: “Drogamon Go,” we are asking the Mimaropa residents to embrace total change and become advocates or crusaders against drug addiction,” Mayor said.
The project likewise encourages local government units, national government agencies and other stakeholders to collaborate with the PRO4-B in attaining the vision of President Rodrigo Duterte and Gen. de la Rosa to achieve a drug-free Philippines.
Mayor said that through the Project “Drogamon Go”, the Mimaropa policemen, in coordination with Barangay Anti-Drug Council members, will continue to knock on the doors of suspected drug personalities and plead on them to stop their involvement with illegal drug activities and become useful citizens of the country.
The official said lower PNP units, in coordination with their respective Municipal Social Worker Development Officers, will also conduct a profiling and case study of the surrenderers.
“The background study will serve as a reference for livelihood and/or educational programs to be given to the drug suspects who have surrendered,” he said.
Mayor said the PRO4-B “Drogamon Go” teams composed of the surrenderers have been tapped to act as public speakers, who will roam the different parts of the region to persuade other drug personalities to follow and join the government’s anti-drug crusade.
The “Drogamon Go” teams are being joined by policemen-supervisors, who will spot potential drug personalities who can act as team speakers or join their Barangay Information Network .
Mayor said the “Drogamon Go” teams will go on speaking engagement in schools, youth clubs and organizations and at the same time act as “Tok-hang” and “Tap-hang” speakers in the barangays.