CAMP FLORENDO, La Union –Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, commended La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega III for his invaluable support to the PNP’s anti-illegal drug campaign during the 115th Police Service Anniversary here Friday.
Dela Rosa led officials of the Region 1 police headed by Chief Superintendent Gregorio Pimentel in handing a plaque of appreciation to Ortega for his continuing support to the ‘Project Double Barrel’ which resulted in the significant accomplishment against illegal drugs.
A total of 207 illegal drug personalities in La Union were arrested since the project was launched on July 1, 2016 while 3, 941 individuals have surrendered with the implementation of “Oplan Tokhang.”
“I’m very glad that we are recognized in our peace and order campaign, especially on anti-illegal drugs. The provincial government of La Union is fully supporting 100-percent the anti-illegal drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte,” Ortega said.
During the celebration, La Union PNP was adjudged as ‘best police office’ among the four police provincial offices in Region 1 and also recognized with the most accounted loose firearms during the May 2016 elections and the most number of seized firearms for 2015.
The awards were received by Senior Supt. Leo Francisco Jr, the acting La Union police director.
The Dagupan City Police Station headed by Supt. Neil Miro as chief of police was adjudged as the ‘best city police station’ in Region 1.
The municipal police station in Agoo, La Union was also awarded as the ‘best municipal police station’ in Region 1 while the Barangay Peace-keeping Action team of Barangay Tanqui in San Fernando City, La Union was chosen as the ‘outstanding BPAT’ in Ilocos Region.
The PNP also recognized the effort of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino III and Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Singson for helping the police in the campaign against illegal drugs. Jun Elias and Vic Alhambra/PNA/northboundasia.com