Editorial: Oplan Kalinaw and Araw ng Dabaw

INCORPORATING community service in its regular security operations is a commendable move by the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

From what was formerly known as Oplan Bulabog, DCPO renamed it to “Oplan Kalinaw,” a comprehensive effort to counter terrorism and anti-criminality operations and at the same time empower community through outreach services.

The Oplan Kalinaw was launched first in the city last Tuesday morning, March 13. During the operation, after identification, background check and profiling of transient residents in urban communities and manhunt operations of wanted persons, the police provided free medical checkup, gave medicines with vitamins and lectured the community with crime prevention education.

“We’ve decided to evolve, from a purely counter terrorism and anti-criminality operations, we enhanced it into a four in one operations,” DCPO director Police Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum said.

With this friendly approach adapted by the police department, the government is, in a way, hitting birds with one stone strategically. With this comprehensive approach in combatting terrorism and criminality, we show to the people that there is a constructive way in attaining peace and development.

With the implementation of Oplan Kalinaw, we instill not fear but peace and safety to the public.

Meanwhile, while we’re enjoying today’s holiday as we celebrate the 81st Araw Ng Dabaw, let us all be part of a bigger call: Sustaining life here in Davao. By that we mean, supporting beneficial plans of the government and opposing whatever we believe dampens growth and development in the city.

Today, we come together as Dabawenyos who look back to our city’s past and lessons that were taught us the past 81 years with gratitude and face the future standing tall, united and resilient with the guiding principles at all times.
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