Influx of drug-cases
By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Provincial Prosecution Office (PPO) has received 28 drug cases filed from different municipalities in the month of July with over 10,000 drug users and pushers who voluntarily surrendered in the province.

PPO Administrative Officer V Carmencita Dipaling said cases are expected to increase with the ongoing intensified anti-drug campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) dubbed as ‘Oplan TokHang.’ Of the 28 cases filed, 15 were charged in violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and 13 in violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) under Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. In the same period, the Special Drug Court Branch 30 has a total of eight cases resolved with six convictions under Section 5 and two acquittals, reported Atty. Joanna Utzurrum in a regular meeting of Negros Oriental Drug Abuse Prevention Council (NORDAPC).

P37M for public safety plan
By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) has recently formulated the peace and order and public safety plan (POPS) and allocated a budget of about P37 million to attain a safe, secure, peaceful and progressive province.

Provincial Director Dennis Quiñones of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the planning of programs, projects and activities for peace and order and public safety is relative for budget preparation and inclusion in the proposed 2017 annual budget of the province. The major issues and problems included in the POPS involve a series of crime prevention activities in general and anti-drug campaign under ‘Oplan TokHang’ in particular. The council also tackled the law enforcement strategies, anti-insurgency drive, and other measures on internal security operations efforts of concerned agencies.

PNC convergence forum
By Leandria Pagunsan

The Provincial Nutrition Committee in partnership with Bayawan City Nutrition Committee will hold a nutrition action convergence forum and nutri-tour on August 18 in Bayawan City.

The activity will feature the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) survey results, programs and services on the status of malnutrition in the province and assess the Provincial Monitoring and Evaluation on Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) results in Negros Oriental. Among others, the forum will also feature best practices of selected local government units in the implementation of their nutrition programs.

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