The Philippine National Police in Region 7 has awarded 14 police personnel in Siquijor for their exemplary accomplishments in the massive campaign against illegal drugs.
Chief Supt. Noli Taliño, director of the PNP Regional Office-7, awarded the Medalya ng Papuri to Police Officer 2 Cary Grant Grencio, PO2 Roberto Anulacion, PO1 Julius Tampus, SPO1 Alou Siangco, PO3 Eric Ponce, PO2 Rena Gold Gumahad, PO2 Jingle Omandam, PO1 Bener Cordova and PO1 Artchie Sumalpong.
The Medalya ng Kagitingan was awarded to PO1s Joseph Baroro, Jesus Macasaol, Pedrito Vios Jr., and Janwel Calunsag. The ceremony was held during Taliño's first command visit to the Siquijor Police Provincial Office yesterday.
Siquijor PPO director, Senior Supt. Erson Digal, assisted Taliño in the awarding of the medals.
Taliño congratulated them for a job well done, noting that the island-province is among the safest provinces in the Philippines, with a low crime rate. It is also one of the smallest provinces in the country, he added.
He noted that among the areas covered by the PRO-7, Siquijor has the lowest number of drug personalities who have surrendered since the start of the administration's anti-illegal drugs campaign on July 1.
The province of Cebu has the highest number of surrenderees at around 32,000, followed by Bohol with an estimated 30,000 and Cebu City with almost 5,000, and Siquijor at the bottom of the list, he said.
Obviously, this is due to the small population of the island-province, nevertheless, Taliño noted that the crime rate in Siquijor this year has decreased by 35 percent.
Siquijor PPO records show that as of the latest count, 805 drug personalities had voluntarily surrendered to the PNP.
In its Oplan TokHang accomplishment report, the Siquijor PNP had visited 1,043 households with 690 “drug users” and 115 “pushers”, or 805 personalities profiled.
Taliño, however, cautioned the Siquijor police not to let their guards down, even with these gains.
There is still much to do, considering that 3.8 million Filipinos are affected by the illegal drugs problem and the PNP's target is to neutralize at least 1.5 million of these personalities, he stressed.
A command conference was held afterwards where Taliño and his staff were briefed on the accomplishments of the Siquijor PNP as well as matters pertaining to criminality and peace and order.
Taliño also met briefly with Siquijor Governor Zaldy Villa and Larena Mayor Dean Villa and also visited some police stations.
He was accompanied by his staff, Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, Senior Supt. Marciano Batiancela Jr., Supt. Henry Biñas, and Supt. Clarito Baja.*JFP
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