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DILG reiterates PGMA's call for local execs to be frontliners in all-out war vs illegal drugs

Tacloban City (February 15) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government reiterated the call of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the local chief executives to become frontliners in the government's war against illegal drugs in their respective areas.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's decision to be the overseer of the war against illegal drugs, shows her seriousness in wanting to eradicate the drug menace..

In a memorandum issued to the local chief executives, Secretary Ronaldo Puno said that city and municipal mayors can call on the PNP in their respective communities, as part of their powers of operational supervision and control over the local police, to conduct periodic and unannounced on-site inspections of commercial establishments, particularly bars, resorts and nightclubs, suspected of being used as drug dens or places of sale and delivery of illegal drugs, in line with their mandate under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act to perform such tasks.

Punong barangays, for their part, should identify drug-affected house clusters, work places, streets, puroks and sitios where the delivery, sale or use of illegal drugs are being conducted and report these immediately to the PNP or PDEA, Secretary Puno said.

Secretary Ronaldo Puno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called on local chief executives to become frontliners in the Arroyo administration's war against illegal drugs in their respective communities in close coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

In the same memorandum circular issued to local chief executives, Secretary Puno said mayors should also ensure that the Administrative Board stated under Section 52 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2007 is created, becomes functional, and faithfully discharges the mandated task to abate nuisances contemplated under the said provision of the law.

The mayors should also exercise their powers to revoke the business permit of any establishment found by the Board to be the site of the deliveries, sale and use of illegal drugs and substances.

Mayors are also expected to "provide support, financial or otherwise, to the local PNP that is necessary in its sustained operations against illegal drugs; and ensure that the Punong Barangays under their general supervision perform their responsibilities as embodied in his Circular and other relevant DILG issuances and pertinent laws."

As for the Punong Barangays, Puno said they should likewise extend the necessary assistance and cooperation--from operations up to prosecution—to the PDEA and PNP authorities in their operations against illegal drugs. (PIA 8) [top]

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