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PIA Press Release
2009/02/12

Campaign vs drugs focus of PNP activities

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (12 February) -- The campaign against illegal drug as well as crime prevention are among the focus activities of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Capiz Police Provincial Director Josephus Angan disclosed that they have been conducting series of campaign against illegal drugs in the various schools in Capiz.

Angan added that seminars and symposia are also among the on-going activities of the PNP here, particularly by their Police Community Relation's office, at the barangay level.

He also said that advocacy on crime prevention is likewise a concern during seminars and symposia.

Meanwhile, Angan disclosed that the random drug tests for members of the PNP is also a welcome policy to ensure that uniformed men, who are at the frontline mission in the war against drugs, are not illegal drug users.

Earlier, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno said that uniformed personnel who will be found to be using illegal drugs will be summarily dismissed from government service.

This is in line with the conduct of a nationwide random drug tests on uniformed men by the National Police Commission.

Puno said that uniformed personnel of the PNP including those in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), will be summarily dismissed from government service if found to be using illegal drugs.

He explained that although it is a harsh policy but this is also a means to ensure that the government is serious in curbing the problem of illegal drugs in the country.

The nationwide random drug tests on uniformed men is part of the sustained efforts of the Arroyo administration to win the war against illegal drugs. (PIA) [top]

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