In a span of 11 months alone (July 2017-June 2018), the Dumaguete PNP conducted 73 anti-illegal drugs operations that resulted in the confiscation of a total volume of illegal drugs amounting to P10.6 million.
This includes the single biggest haul of the period at P 7 million in an operation at Barangay Mangnao that yielded at least 1 kilo of shabu last January.
In his report to Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, City Chief-of-Police Supt. Jonathan Pineda said that 65 pushers and 44 users were arrested in the same period, while 79 cases were filed against the suspects.
To establish the legitimacy of the anti-drugs operations, policemen are now required to use body cameras as added assurance for advocates of human rights that all suspects are accorded the proper treatment due them.
And in support to the nationwide crackdown against illegal drugs trade by President Rodrigo Duterte, the city government also dismissed from the service dozens of employees found positive of using illegal drugs.
However, employees who are drug dependents will be given another chance to be reinstated provided they complete and pass the rehabilitation program sponsored by the city government.
Furthermore, the city has been hailed as one of the most peaceful in the region, Pineda reports that crime volume has been reduced to 45% or from a high of 3, 654 incidents (for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) to just 1, 645 incidents (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018).
Mayor Remollo’s administration recently provided PNP Dumaguete with P 2 million worth of brand new equipment: 6 units of 250cc motorbikes, military type drones, body cameras, bullet proof vests and 30 hand held.
Finally, just last month Remollo awarded to PLDT the P 69.7 million Lease of CCTV system in the next 8 years to include installation of 330 cameras in 30 barangays within 10 months to help solve and prevent crimes, improve traffic management and serve as early warning system during calamity.