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PDEG bares results in PNP’s drug crackdown

May 20, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 116 views

PDEGTHE Philippine National Police (PNP) headed by General Rommel Francisco D. Marbil is making significant gains in its intensified campaign against illegal drug trafficking and abuse, the director of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group told the Journal Group Saturday.

According to Brigadier Gen. Eleazar P. Matta, the PNP’s supply and demand reduction approach since the start of the Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s administration is showing promising results.

Matta said the law of supply really dictates that as the price of a product or service increases, suppliers are motivated to increase production or distribution.

“In the context of the illegal drug trade, high demand incentivizes suppliers to expand production, trafficking networks and distribution channels to maximize profits,” he explained.

Conversely, the law of demand states that as the price of a product or service increases, consumer demand tends to decrease.

For illegal drugs, if prices rise significantly, it deters potential buyers from purchasing or consuming these substances, thereby impacting the profitability and sustainability of the drug market, said the official.

According to the PDEG director, they are targeting the drug supply chain by focusing on suppliers, manufacturers, and traffickers.

“Through intelligence gathering, surveillance, and inter-agency cooperation, we aim to reduce the availability of drugs and increase the risks and costs associated with engaging in illicit activities,” he said.

He likewise emphasized the PNP’s drug reduction efforts by raising awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and promoting drug-free lifestyles.

Preventive education, community outreach programs, and public awareness campaigns are crucial components of this effort, he said.

Last week, the Police Regional Office 13 Deputy Regional Director for Administration presided over his first command conference with all PDEG Regional Special Operations Unit chiefs at Camp Crame and ordered them to take an unannounced drug test.

“We also signed a covenant/undertaking not to be involved in all forms of illegal drug activities and to strictly adhere to the rule of law and the protection of human rights,” Matta said.

Official data from the PNP Drug-Related Data Integration and Generation System (DRDIGS) from January 1 to March 31 showed the success of the police force in combating illegal drugs.

During the period, the PNP conducted 12,289 anti-drug operations and arrested 13,602 targets resulting to significant disruptions in the drug supply chain.

Furthermore, a significant number of illicit substances were seized during these operations, including 68,148.822 grams of shabu, 5,125.5 grams of cocaine, 393,425 pieces of marijuana plants, 26.08 grams of dried marijuana leaves and 23.54 grams of Kush, a high-grade marijuana derivative.

Brig. Gen. Matta also said that contrary to the prevailing public perception regarding the widespread availability of illicit drugs at lower prices in our communities, the PNP data debunks this theory.

“The comprehensive information gathered through significant operations and substantial confiscations vividly showcases the unwavering commitment of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in combating the drug trade and ensuring the safety of our communities,” he said.