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PNP, PDEA conduct symposium on crime prevention in observance of NCPW

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

Tacloban City (21 August) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Regional office 8 are in the forefront to combat crime by conducting symposium to the students and youth sector for the purpose of molding the minds of the students and youth sector to give importance in the prevention of all sorts of criminal activities that affects their life in which one of the root causes to commit crime is related to illegal drugs.

According to Joseph Mar Gil, Regional Director National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) the PNP and PDEA has committed support to conduct drug abuse prevention symposium on two different occasions. On September 2, 2008 the drug abuse prevention symposium will be held at Leyte Colleges where the target participants are the criminology students of Leyte Colleges, Tacloban City, while on Sept 4, 2008, target participants are the supreme student government or council members or officers of different high school, colleges and universities here in Tacloban City which will be held at Leyte Normal University.

Director Gil further added that on September 3, 2008, the Ugnayan ng Pulisya, Barangay at Kabataan will be conducted, where the target participants are the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) which will be held at Brgy 64 Gym, Bliss Sagkahan, Tacloban City.

These activities is in consonance with the 14th year celebration of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) which will be celebrated from September 1, 2007 to September 7, 2008 based on Presidential Proclamation No. 461 signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos on August 31, 1994 declaring the first week of September of every year as National Crime Prevention Week. The Kick-off celebration will be held on September 1, at 8:00 in the morning at Tacloban City Convention Center which will coincide the Celebration of the Civil Service Month Dir. Gil said.

Dir Gil revealed that this year's celebration dubbed as "Kapit-Bisig Kabataan Tungo sa Kapayapaan, Now Na!" main focus are the students because they are the most vulnerable targets of criminality and the most perceptive of the existing problems in schools. More often than not, the students are the victims of crimes committed by the criminal elements. Also, a significant number of our young children and youth are involved in the commission of crimes or commit misdemeanors and other forms of disciplinary infractions.

The student should take active involvement in the prevention of juvenile delinquency and crimes commonly committed inside the school premises, such as littering, vandalism, extortion, gambling, alcoholism, smoking, substance abuse, fraternity wars, sexual harassment, homosexual activities and prostitution. They should also be aware of other crimes like human trafficking, threat of terrorism, cyber crimes and other forms of violence in the internet.

According to Dir Gil, one good way to reduce crimes in school is the creation of a mechanism that will take charge of the maintenance and preservation of peace and order inside the campus. The Student Crime Prevention Committee (SCPC) is one of the means to maximize the students involvement in building a more crime-preventive conscious citizens.. Its primary objectivesis to enjoin the students to develop their civic consciousness and harness their collective effort to combat any forms of criminality. (PIA-8) [top]

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