TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Some 1,068 police officers and members of municipal and barangay anti-drug abuse councils in the region joined in the “Lipulin at Kalampagin Ang Droga (LAKAD) Tokhang campaign on Saturday, February 24.
The LAKAD Tokhang is a people’s walk simultaneously held in key cities of the country in support of the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
The participants, composed mainly of officers from police provincial offices in Cagayan Valley and Santiago City Police, started their walk at the PRO2 regional command center to the Cagayan Provincial Capitol, going around Caggay Highway before returning to Camp Marcelo Adduru.
PRO2 Regional Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino said in his speech that the activity aims to encourage the community to actively participate and join the campaign against drugs.
“Let us stand and help one another in our crusade to rid Cagayan Valley from the scourage of illegal drugs. Let us save the younger generation from evil of illegal drugs. We owe it to our children, we owe it to the future generation. For me, the number one civil right is the right to free from crime,” Espino said.
He also said the campaign also reminds citizens of the deadly effects of drugs in their health and life.
Meanwhile, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 02 Regional Director Jonathan Paul Leusen Jr expressed his all-out support to the police’s campaign against drugs.
Leusen said the LAKAD Tokhang is also a way for the police to show and prove their unrelenting efforts to solve the problems on drugs.