CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – More than P17.4 million worth of marijuana plants were destroyed by combined police operatives and anti-narcotics agents during a week-long marijuana eradication operations in the different parts of the Cordillera.
In its desire to totally stop the supply of marijuana, PROCOR, specifically personnel of the Mountain Province Police Provincial Office (MPPPO) eradicated the most number of marijuana with a total of 52,800 fully grown plants with a dangerous drugs board value of P13,200,000.00 which were discovered in 4 plantation sites in the boundaries of Tinglayan, Kalinga Province and Barangay Saclit, Sadanga, Mountain Province.
Likewise, in the province of Kalinga, joint personnel of Tinglayan and Rizal police, DEU/PIB, and PDEA destroyed 19,800 fully-grown Marijuana plants with an estimated DDB value of P3,960,000.00 in two plantation sites in barangay Ngibat, Tinglayan, Kalinga with an approximate land area of 1,800 square meters.
Moreover, Benguet Police Provincial Office (BPPO) uprooted a total of 1,120 fully grown and dried marijuana plants with a dangerous drug board (DDB) value of P304,000.00. Said plants were cultivated in a 310 square meters land area in a mountainous area of Bangaw, Kayapa, Bakun; Lawlawitan and Banengyawan, both in Palina, Kibungan, Benguet.
In Ifugao, operatives of Ifugao Police Provincial Office (IPPO) uprooted 102 marijuana plants with a dangerous drug board value of P20,200.00 at Balunglung, Hucab, Kiangan, Ifugao on August 24, 2019. Said illegal drugs were cultivated in a land area of more or less 400 square Further, the owner of the land who is a pastor and a former barangay kagawad of said barangay and the lessee were charged for violation of the dangerous drugs act.
Police authorities said that continuous information gathering as to other plantation sites is unceasingly initiated especially in the most remote communities of the provinces.
PROCOR leadership is overwhelmed with the result of the campaign against all forms of illegal drugs. “We will continue to gain success, I am then encouraging all the troops to maintain and strengthen partnership with the community because they know their area more than we do and that they are the ones who can really help us thru information”, BGen Dickson said. By Dexter A. See