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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesTuesday, March 15, 2011
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Help campaign, PNP urges

Philippine National Police Provincial Director, Sr. Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, has called on the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officer to help their mayors in boosting the campaign against illegal drugs.

In arecent briefing on drug trafficking, Lawas urged local government units to ensure that their respective barangay anti-drug abuse councils are functioning to assist in the campaign against illegal drugs, a press release from Philippine Information Agency said yesterday.

Lawas reported that out of 557 barangays in the province, 111 barangays in 25 cities and municipalities are considered to be slightly affected by illegal drugs trade.

Looc and Calindagan of Dumaguete City are seriously affected, he said.

The eight other barangays identified as moderately affected are Cadawinonan of Dumaguete City; Poblacion Guihulngan, barangay Awa-an in Ayungon, Poblacion Mabinay, Tandayag in Amlan, Poblacion Sibulan, North of Bacong and Poblacion Sta. Catalina.

Lawas urged the public to cooperate with law enforcers by reporting immediately to them any illegal drugs activity they know, the press release said.

He also asked the information officers of the province to continuously conduct anti-drug symposiums in workplaces, educational institutions, non-government organizations, barangay residents and various religious groups to win their support in the fight against illegal drugs.

The active involvement of the community and other stakeholders is a great help in minimizing or in eradicating the illegal drug problem in the province, he said.*RG

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