Drive on safety, security enhanced

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte and the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office have joined efforts to ensure public safety and security through Oplan Galugad, Oplan Allokoy and other related operations this 2017.

Oplan Galugad is a double-bladed operation to assess the current state of the facility inside the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology following the increase of new detainees as result of the government’s drive against illegal drugs.

Conducted quarterly to ensure that no unauthorized items are concealed inside the detention cells, police provincial director S/Supt. Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr. said that INPPO is strict in the implementation of Oplan Galugad and Oplan Allokoy by all police stations in the Province.

Last December 21, 2016, the Batac City Police Station and the Municipal Police Stations of Banna, Badoc, Pinili, Currimao, Paoay led by Police Superintendent Marlon D. Paiste conducted a surprise inspection of the Batac City District Jail to double check any contraband and dangerous drugs but it turned out negative.

“The campaign against illegal drug remains to be our primary concern, considering that it is the common denominator of all crimes,” Nartatez said. Oplan Allokoy is an operation to convinced personalities listed in the drug watch list to surrender themselves to the authorities.

As of December 2016, Ilocos Norte arrested 1% of the 1.08% drug personalities.

Stressing that Ilocos Norte is the only province in the Region 1 which achieved the 1% rate, the Ilocos Norte PNP will continue Oplan Allokoy and house to house visits around the province to maintain and further increase the level of safety.

At present, only few drug personalities listed have not yet surrendered.  Of the 128,000 households in the province, only 48,000 households remained to be visited for inspection.

“We will make sure that those 48,000 households will be visited before this year end. ‘Pag kaya pa siguro, gagawin ulit naming yan para 200% sure na lahat ng kabahayan ay nabisita namin,” he said.

Nartatez also expressed thanks to Governor Imee R. Marcos and PGIN for always being very supportive, to their anti-criminality drive in line with the Governor’s vision for a livable province or “makaay-ayo a pagnaedan” which includes public safety as a top concern. —(Ma. Rhona Ysabel B. Daoang, PGIN-CMO)