The Regulatory Office held a consultative meeting with the Philippine National Police (PNP) led by Police Superintendent (PSupt.) Robert B. Sales.
“This consultative meeting aims to raise the level of awareness among stakeholders, encourage volunteerism, urge organizations and communities to police themselves, and solicit valuable inputs from the community in the implementation of PNP’s anti-drug campaign,” PSupt. Sales said.
PSupt. Sales presented to the Regulatory Office the current drug situation, PNP’s anti-drug campaigns, and the significant accomplishments of the PNP.
The PNP is implementing a two-pronged approach in addressing the anti-drug campaign of the government: the Oplan Tokhang and the Oplan Double Barrel.
Oplan Tokhang is a means of accelerating the drive against illegal drugs in affected barangays. Tokhang is derived from two Visayan words: “toktok” or to knock and “hangyo” or to appeal or request. Together, they mean to approach and talk. The PNP conducts house to house visits to persuade suspected illegal drug personalities to stop their illegal activities.
Oplan Double Barrel is PNP’s campaign to neutralize illegal drug personalities nationwide. Double barrel means one touch of a gun’s barrel sets off two triggers, one for high-value targets and one for street-level individuals.
As of 25 January 2017, a total of 4,280 houses were visited by PNP in its Oplan Tokhang. There were 1,450 individuals who surrendered; 1,365 were users and 85 were pushers. PNP has arrested 199 persons in the Oplan Double Barrel; 143 were users and 56 were pushers.