DAGUPAN CITY – The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has recorded a 43-percent decline in crime rate in the province in the first quarter this year amid stricter weekly anti-crime police operations.
The province recorded 1,542 crimes from Jan. 1 to March 28 from 2,706 cases in the same period in 2020.
In an interview on Monday, PPPO provincial director Col. Ronald Gayo said around 344 anti-drug operations were conducted during the period, which resulted in the arrest of 362 drug personalities.
Campaigns against loose firearms and illegal gambling also yielded similar results, he said.
Gayo said since the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on March 17 last year, a total of 187,177 individuals have been arrested for breaching protocols, such as violation of liquor ban, not wearing of face masks and shields, physical distancing, purveying of fake news, illegal gambling, and disobedience.
In coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), there are 1,274 drug-cleared barangays in the province. This represents 81 percent of the total 1,364 barangays in Pangasinan.
In a separate interview, PDEA Pangasinan provincial officer Dexter Asayco said intervention centers called “Balay Silangan” have been established to accommodate not only drug personalities willing to be rehabilitated, but also individuals who availed of the plea bargaining agreement. (PNA)