DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Provincial Government of Davao Oriental is continuing its efforts in strengthening interventions in the campaign against criminality, insurgency and illegal drugs.
During the Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) meeting on November 17 at Lanes Kitaanan in the City of Mati, Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang who chairs both councils expressed the need to intensify province-wide security efforts amidst the persistence of lawless armed groups and syndicate groups in committing crimes and violations.
He strongly expressed the need to counter enemy efforts not only by beefing up security measures but also by adopting strategies that will encourage participation and support of the people to the government, particularly the conduct of a Serbisyo Caravan that will deliver government services to the people.
The 701st Brigade of the Philippine Army, headed by Col. Bienvenido R. Datuin, Jr., highlighted the importance of addressing the needs of the people, especially those in impoverished far-flung communities, in order to gain their trust and confidence to the government.
The Philippine Army identified the primary and secondary issues in priority communities based on the Needs Assessment Survey which they have conducted. Concerns such as lack of extension schools in far-flung sitios, low prices of farm produce amidst high farming cost, and land tenure security turned out to be the primary issues in these areas that need immediate government interventions. Among the secondary issues identified were lack of health centers, water systems, livelihood projects, and road infrastructures, among others.
Apart from the Serbisyo Caravan that the Provincial Government will spearhead this month, the military has been delivering interventions in the communities through the conduct of feeding programs, medical and dental missions, conduct of lectures to the youth, distribution of cacao planting materials, participation on bloodletting activities, and provision of security assistance, among others.
Meanwhile, Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office Provincial Director PSSUPT Harry Espela reported the updates on the peace and order situation of the province.
Espela said that the DOPPO has conducted extensive anti-illegal drugs operation. He said that their intensified anti-drug operations together with partner agencies have resulted to the surrender of 6,928 drug users and pushers. The said figure represents 1.23% of Davao Oriental’s total population. From January to June of this year, a total of 99 operations were carried out leading to the arrest of 154 drug suspects. Illegal drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine (shabu) with a total street value worth of P4.2 million have been confiscated.
Through the police force’s intensified efforts especially in the anti-illegal drug operations through the Project Double Barrel, Espela reported that crime clearance efficiency has increased by 21% in 2016 and the crime solution efficiency increased by 30.4% in comparison to last year’s data, making the peace and order situation in the province generally peaceful and manageable.
Bolstering up Davao Oriental peace and order situation, stakeholders have laid out a Peace and Order and Public Safety Plan for 2017-2019, an output of the recently conducted Roll-Out for Local Governments Peace and Order and Public-Safety (POPS) Planning Process. This plan aims at improving crime solution and prevention, improve community safety awareness through community oriented and human rights base policing, and providing adequate support to the sustainability of the peace and order and public safety programs of all stakeholders. The plan consists of critical policies, programs, projects, services and activities as strategies to support in keeping a province-wide peace and order. By PIO