Dagupan City re-organizes anti-drug abuse council
DAGUPAN CITY, June 11 -- The city government here has re-organized its anti-drug abuse council, following the memorandum circular of Secretary Jesse M. Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on strengthening the governmentâ€™s effort against illegal drugs.
Mayor Benjamin S. Lim retains the chairmanship of the council while designated as vice-chairman is Chief of Police Romeo Caramat. The members include the city schools division superintendent, the city prosecutor, city social welfare and development officer, city health officer, city information officer, the non-governmental organizations and a representative from the religious sector.
In his memorandum, Robredo underscored the constitutional mandate of the government to improve public morals and maintain peace and order, among other equally significant concerns.
The memo further stated that reports of existence of several drug laboratories and the increasing use of illegal drugs have significantly contributed to the rise in criminality, which necessitates a more aggressive and unified stance against illegal drugs to help ensure community peace and harmony.
Robredo pointed out in the same memo that the menace can be addressed efficiently if all efforts of concerned agencies are coordinated in all stages from the pre-operation, during and post-operations of the drive to eliminate, if not totally eradicate, the problem.
On the part of the city, it can be noted that even before the issuance of Robredo's memorandum, the city government has already initiated talks on several occasions with members of the Muslim community in barangay Bonuan Binloc who were suspected to be engaged in illegal drugs trade.
In a meeting held a few months ago, Lim has challenged the Muslim leaders to police their ranks if they wanted to continue doing business in the city.
He even assured them of the possibility of giving them the right to own the lot along that area, which is a government property, and establish their residence there for the rest of their lives if drug traficking is stopped.
In a report by the City Information Office, the Muslim leaders have already organized a small group of volunteers from their ranks, which will guard the area against illegal drug traders. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from CIO)
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