Guv wants drug-free Pampanga-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda vowed full support to law enforcers here in their war against illegal drugs and in efforts to make Pampanga drug-free.
In the recent Peace and Order Council meeting at King’s Royale Resort and Hotel, the governor underscored the importance of totally eradicating illegal drugs in the province, after the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) noted that Pampanga has become a transit and distribution point of abused substances like methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, marijuana and other "fashion drugs" like ecstasy.
"It is very alarming to know that drug abuse continues to proliferate in the province, that we have also become a distribution point of dealers from Bataan, Zambales and Region 1, despite the all-out efforts of the PNP and PDEA. We at the Peace and Order Council, together with mayors and barangay officials, should sit down with the PDEA and the PNP on how we could seriously make Pampanga drug-free," she said.
Pineda added that the Provincial Government has allocated some P18 million for the construction of a bigger regional headquarters for PDEA at the Capitol Compound.
"We have also set aside P250 million for the provision of new 400 barangay patrols and 21 police cars to boost our campaign against illegal drugs. We must act now because the proliferation of illegal drugs, rooted in poverty, is very alarming," she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 25, 2013.