Valenzuela gov’t preps cops for return of anti-drug ops

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The city government of Valenzuela and the local police station have banded together to come up with a “more aggressive, less bloody” approach to the Valenzuelano Ayaw sa Droga (VAD) Reloaded program.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian said the move is in line with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) re-launch of Oplan Double Barrel, or its anti-illegal drug campaign.

About 90 local policemen with 30 guest officers from neighboring cities of the Northern Police District (NPD) underwent drug police operation training at the City External Services Office last March 9.

The training, implemented by personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), highlighted the Basic Operations and Investigation on Drugs Intelligence Gathering.

The policemen were also briefed about Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and the rule of evidence.
Gatchalian said the resumption of the nationwide anti-drug campaign prompted the Valenzuela PNP to intensify the VAD Reloaded starting with the basic training of the local police force.

The program’s next target is the clearing of the city’s 33 barangays. The local police will soon launch Tokhang-On Wheels–a one-stop shop that will be set-up in covered courts of every barangay.

The clearing team composed of PNP, Barangay officials, VADAC officials and a CSWD personnel will make rounds in every barangay to convince suspected drug pushers and users to voluntarily submit themselves for renewal.