The Municipal Peace & Order Council (MPOC) and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) jointly convened today to strengthen LGU-Camalig’s thrust in implementing an integrated approach to sustain peace and order, and public safety, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Session Hall, Brgy. 2, Poblacion, Camalig, Albay.
 
Discussions mainly delved in Camalig’s peace and order situation which the Philippine National Police (PNP) noted to be in “manageable” or “normal” state as crime occurrences in the town remain minimal due to PNP’s intensification of police presence, anti-criminality operations, and enhanced crime prevention and public security initiatives.
 
Camalig Municipal Police Station (MPS) also cited operational accomplishments including apprehension of persons involved in illegal logging, implementation of “Oplan Katok” – house-to-house visitation and management of civilians in possession of expired firearms (a total of 4 surrendered firearms are in police custody to date), and full adherence to RA 1965 or “The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” through the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations which led to the arrest of 5 individuals for the period of January-February 2021,
 
In relation to the implementation of the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), Camalig MPS have issued a total of 5,129 travel authorities to individuals exiting the town/province.
 
The Department of the Interior & Local Government (DILG) also relayed the new guidelines under the 2019 and 2020 Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Audit, citing the criteria for the targeted “Drug-free Municipality” ADAC Award namely, re/organization of Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC), allocation of funds for ADAC activities, implementation of plans and programs, financial/technical support to the barangays, quarterly meetings, and relative innovations by the LGU.
 
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) also reiterated for the need to establish “Balay Silangan” – a community-based reformation/rehabilitation program that offers counselling, spiritual and values formation, livelihood training, and moral recovery programs for drug surrenderees.
 
Said agency also identified the remaining moderately-affected and lightly-affected barangays in the town and asked support from the barangays to continuously coordinate with the government and its partner agencies in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations.
 
As per the Municipal Social Welfare & Development Office (MSWDO), 611 out of 765 drug surrenderees have been rehabilitated through the collaborative after-care programs of MSWDO, Municipal Health Office (MHO), and Camalig MPS.
 
In matters concerning anti-insurgency, the Philippine Army remains operative in the conduct of community support and public security operations through the deployment of infantry squads in far-flung areas.
 
The councils are scheduled to convene again for their 2nd quarterly meeting on May 28, 2021 to report further accomplishments and formulate additional intervention priorities for the Camaligueños amid the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Article by: Mr. Tim L. Florece, PIO