Crime Prevention in Luzon, Philippines
A mass, motorcade, and Anti-Drug Courier seminar today will signal the start of the observance of the 17th National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) in Central Luzon.
National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) regional director Manuel Pontanal explained that the NCPW was conceived via Proclamation No.461 of former President Fidel Ramos with the intention “to generate community awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of crime prevention as well as to foster interest and participation of the general public.”
This year, the observance is guided by the theme “PiNoy Ako, Crime Prevention Misyon Ko!” and the slogan “Knock Out Crime!” with focus on enjoining the youth to take part in the solution of school-related crimes such as drug trafficking.
According to Pontanal, “the use of Filipino couriers in transporting prohibited drugs to other countries has become a major concern to the government. Hence, the regional NCPW inter-agency technical working group decided to hold a series of Anti-Drug Courier seminars in selected colleges and universities in Central Luzon.
The seminars aim to instill awareness among college students on the modus-operandi being used by drug syndicates in recruiting potential drug couriers and the ill effects of engaging in such trade to the welfare of their families and to their future.”
Pontanal likewise said that “forum participants will also be briefed about the government’s efforts to curb this serious problem.”
The initial forum will be held in St. Nicholas College of Business and Technology in the City of San Fernando today. Other symposium venues are the University of the Assumption and Meycauayan College in Bulacan.