229 nabbed in Oplan Dabaw Kalinaw

A total of 229 persons were arrested during the launch of Oplan Dabaw Kalinaw in Tagum City, Davao del Norte on Monday.

The anti-crime campaign was spearheaded by the Police Regional Office XI, aiming to replicate the Olan Kalinaw initiated by the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, the PRO spokesperson, said 210 persons were apprehended and 80 vehicles were impounded for various traffic violations under Republic Act 4136 (The Land Transportation and Traffic Law).

Driz said 19 others were apprehended for other crimes.

“With this comprehensive approach of inter-agency concern in combating terrorism criminality and insurgency, we are showing to the people that there is a constructive and pro-active way in attaining peace and development in Davao Region,” said Chief Supt. Marcelo Morales, the PRO 11 director who just assumed office last month.

Composing the armed component of Oplan Davao Kalinaw are the Philippine Army, Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RFMB), City Police Station, Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC), Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Special Action Force (SAF) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Other government agencies include Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Local government units supporting the drive include
Office of the Mayor, Councilors League, Association of Barangay Captains, Barangay Peace and Action Team, City Social Service and Development Office, Risk Reduction Management Office, City Health Office, and Transport and Traffic Management Office.

Morales said the business sector, religious sector, transport federations, indigenous people, and the tri-media also supported the drive.

He said the support of various government and private sectors in the drive ensure its success.

Morales said the DCPO’s Oplan Kalinaw, in which the drive is patterned, has been successful in preventing crime.

Hence, the police director said he wanted to implement the drive in the whole region.

“All our provinces will conduct their operation to implement all the city and municipal ordinances and even barangay ordinances,” Morales said.

“In the same time, we can implement other laws and implement warrant of arrest.”

In conducting checkpoints and foot and mobile patrols, Morales said there should be village watchmen and other law enforcement agencies in attendance.

He said the drive should also focus on areas with reported crime incidents, such as robbery and even drinking on public places.

He said curfew on minors should also be implemented.

To identify the crime-prone areas, the regional director said an oversite committee will analyze weekly reports.

Supt. Maximo Sebastian, the RFMB commander, said crime surge in Davao is considerable since it is becoming one of the fastest growing regions in the country.

Just like the DCPO’s Oplan Kalinaw, the region-wide drive also includes community services like medical and dental check-up, free haircut, and lectures. Food is also served.