Expect a more intensified and comprehensive campaign against illegal drugs in the coming days as the Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) adopts the Iloilo Project: CODE ART.
CODE ART stands for Comprehensive Program on Drug Elimination, Arrests, Rehabilitation and Training. IPPO provincial director Senior Supt. Harold Tuzon endorsed the project to Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 which it unanimously approved. Defensor assured the IPPO that he will support the comprehensive anti-illegal drugs campaign both financially and logistically.
CODE ART’s objective is to clear the image of Iloilo as the “most shabulized” place in the country as mentioned earlier by President Duterte. Included in its action plan is the declaration of Iloilo province drug cleared by March 2017 through the intensified implementation of Oplan Double Barrel Alpha, Project Tokhang and Taphang, as well as internal cleansing on the PNP organization.
On the part of rehabilitation, the project intends to implement the Community Based Treatment and Rehabilitation to drug personalities. It also hopes to expand the Pototan Drug Rehabilitation Center and if possible to establish District Drug Rehabilitation Centers.
Tuzon also recommended the activation of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Council (PADAC) which will work hand in hand with the BADAC (Barangay Anti-Illegal Drugs Council) and MADAC (Municipal Anti-Illegal Drugs Council (MADAC).
Also during the meeting, Gov. Defensor approved the allocation of P500,000 as reward money for any information that will lead to the arrest of drug personality Richard Prevendido. The amount is in addition to the P500,000 also placed by the city government of Iloilo as reward money for the capture of the notorious drug personality.
PPOC, chaired by Gov. Defensor, is composed of law enforcement agencies such as PNP, Philippine Army, National Bureau of Immigration (NBI), and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other stakeholders