TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Kalinga Police Provincial Office (KPPO) reaffirmed their commitment for crime prevention efforts in the province during the 3rd quarter meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) on Tuesday.
PMaj George Acob, representing the KPPO, said that they are continuously pushing initiatives aimed at establishing a safe and secure environment for the public, supported by local government units, communities, and stakeholders.
In his report, Acob reported that a total of nine index crimes were reported from July to August 2023, with rape and physical injury being the most prevalent offenses. Additionally, there were 20 recorded cases of non-index crimes or violations of special laws during the same period. These cases mainly involved offenses related to illegal drugs, violence against women and children, illegal gambling, and illegal logging.
With regard to illegal drugs, particularly the transport of marijuana, the KPPO conducted 23 operations, resulting in the eradication of 518,000 fully grown marijuana plants and multiple arrests were also made in connection with these operations.
In addressing illegal gambling, nine cases were brought before the court, and concerted efforts were also made to combat illegal logging through collaborations with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Kalinga and the Philippine Army.
These joint operations led to the seizure of lumber and a vehicle used in illegal logging activities.
Furthermore, the KPPO successfully carried out 17 operations to address the proliferation of loose firearms. This resulted in the apprehension of one individual, the voluntary surrender of 16 firearms, and the confiscation of one firearm following an encounter involving the police.