By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay
PILI, Camarines Sur --- Since its launching on May 26 this year, Oplan Sinagtala has already gained recognition from the provincial government, its higher headquarters at the Philippine National Police (PNP) and even from the stakeholders who are the end beneficiaries of this local anti-criminality campaign.
A brainchild of Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office Chief SSupt. Jerry F. Bearis and Governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte, Oplan Sinagtala (“Supilin Natin ang Lahat ng Ilegal na Narkotiko, Armas, Gamot, mga Tulak , Adiksyon at Iba pang Uri ng Kriminalidad sa Lipunan Para matupad ang ating Adhikain) envisions an all-inclusive approach to eradicate crime and restore peace in the land.
Barely two months after it was launched, Oplan Sinagtala already earned for the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office (CSPPO) the recognition as top performer among the police provincial offices in Bicol in terms of performance, particularly in the implementation of the OPLAN Double Barrel.
Newly-designated Bicol PNP Regional Director CSupt. Antonio N. Gardiola Jr. commended the initiative even as he stated that he will share the innovative and holistic program with the rest of the PPOs for them to replicate, including the all –out support that the provincial government has extended to the PNP.
Gardiola acknowledged the significance that partnerships bring to any endeavor or program.
“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is a progress. It is our hope that we will be able to continue to nurture such strong ties until we can finally realize our common aspiration for a truly safe and peaceful community for us to live, work and do business” he said.
Gardiola also assured the stakeholders that the PNP regional office will not waver in its effort to combat criminality through a “just and fair enforcement of the law” as they continue to heed the marching order of President Rodrigo Duterte and Chief PNP General Ronald M. Dela Rosa in eradicating all crimes and the drug menace from the streets.
Bearis stressed that Oplan Sinagtala is meant to address not only the drug problem that has been tarnishing the moral fiber and destroying the future of the youth but also to destroy the evil that lies in a lawbreaker’s mind, pushing him to commit more crime and endanger the lives of the people.
“Rest assured that the men and women of CSPPO shall be the epitome of how a government servant should be, your protector, not your opponent, your refuge and not your loss , and your ally, not your enemy.”