Marcos bats for drug education in schools

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Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ R. Marcos has recommended the posting of ‘Officers for Substance Abuse’ in all local government units to conduct drug education for students, parents, school officials, and in private and government offices such as one adopted in Cebu.

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“The drug problem has become one of the main factors in the deterioration of peace and order. It stimulates the perpetuation of crimes.”

Noting the apparent unabated surge of drug-related crimes, Marcos urged that the Cebu strategy is replicated in all LGUs.

“The Cebu ‘Officer for Substance Abuse’ has been working in cooperation with the law enforcers to diminish if not eradicate drug users. It would be great if this was replicated nationwide,” he said.

He said necessary reforms and improvement of facilities and services, especially in government-supported drug rehabilitation centers, must be carried out.

“Police visibility, or the deployment of additional police forces, particularly in densely populated areas prone to the highest rates of criminality helps along with the strict implementation of the 24-hour manning of all police precincts.”

Marcos said border patrols such as the PNP Maritime Command and the Airport Police will only be effective if these law enforcers are better equipped with more patrol boats, cars, computers and night vision goggles, to boost their capability in going after criminals.

“Definitely, stronger cooperation and sharing of information among international and local intelligence communities to pin down big time drug lords and syndicates must be enforced.”

Marcos also recommended the institution of appealing reward system, other than providing cash incentives and security for tipsters against drug lords and syndicates.

He encouraged the PNP leadership to continue instill the culture of meritocracy in the police force through a more generous reward system for outstanding policemen and appropriate sanctions for poor performance.

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