AT LEAST P11 million worth of marijuana plants were uprooted by joint elements of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Cordillera, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine Army during a two day eradication in the hinterlands of Kalinga.
The anti-illegal drugs operation were conducted in Barangay Buscalan, Tinglayan from September 20 to 21 with nine marijuana plantation sites at Mt. Chumanchil, Sitio Bato, Loccong with an estimated land area of 6,900 square meters were discovered and destroyed.
Although no cultivators were arrested, authorities were able to destroy 40,850 fully grown marijuana plants with a total estimated value of P11.040 million burned on-site.
Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis Oco Sarona, PRO-Cordillera regional director lauded the accomplishment adding more operations related in the campaign against illegal drugs will go on.
Sarona added the eradication dubbed Oplan Katribu was successful due to the concerted efforts of the PNP Kalinga, PDEA-Cordillera, PDEA-Cagayan Valley, Philippine Army and NBI-Cagayan Valley personnel with the active cooperation of the municipal and barangay officials of Tinglayan.
Sarona, however, said the eradication does not guarantee the total elimination of marijuana plants in the area because planting of illegal hemp is one of the source of income for some residents in the area but assured the government is doing its best to implement the plans and programs to prevent more marijuana cultivation.
“The PRO-COR (Cordillera) leadership calls on those people who are planting marijuana plants to instead maintain other livelihood project they learned from the local government and non government organizations as an alternate source of their livelihood to help in the maintenance of peace and order in the region,” Sarona quipped.
The PRO-Cordillera top cop also directed all unit commanders to strengthen police operations and intensify intelligence build up against personalities involved in illegal drugs and put them behind bars. (Roderick Osis)