Leyte Samar Daily Express
TACLOBAN CITY — Biliran Gov. Rogelio Espina said he would like to tap the police auxiliary force in the fight against illegal drug trafficking in his province.
He disclosed this to the media after he attended the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting last week at the NEDA conference hall.
DILG Sec. Ronaldo Puno, who was the guest speaker of the RPOC meeting, shared the important role and functions of the auxiliary force of the PNP and how they were effectively utilized in combating various peace and order related problems especially in Mindanao.
Espina said he got convinced that this auxiliary force would greatly help minimize if not totally stop activities in the province of Biliran that have to do with illegal drugs.
Based on the statements coming from Puno, Espina said he is now up to establishing the necessary network with law enforcers and building a specific program that would address head-on specifically the drug menace in his province.
“I will try to talk with PDEA and PNP about this so we can establish the needed linkages and explore areas of cooperation,” Espina said.
He said drug activity in his province is such a critical concern because of the proximity of Biliran to Cebu, which is believed to be the source of most illegal drugs supply.
“There is a possibility that the drugs distributed in Biliran is coming from Cebu that’s why I’m very concerned about this problem,” Espina said.
The province of Biliran has several points of entry mostly in ports in some towns in the province most notably that in Naval town which was recently declared a Ro-Ro port.
Espina, though, pointed out that illegal drugs activity in their province is not as rampant as other areas in the region based on statistics.
“But even if it is not that so rampant, I would like to address this problem immediately because this is destroying the future of our children and also the society as a whole,” Espina said. (Lemuel Pagliawan)