Davao no safe haven for criminals — DCPO

If Davao is known as a most peaceful city, it is also a “most dangerous city” for criminals and terrorists, declared Davao City Police Office director Police S/Supt. Alexandre Tagum.

“We have to do this so that the lesson of Marawi will not happen here in Davao, we should keep on doing this as we can see this has been very effective. Davao will not be a safe haven for criminals and terrorist and if you call Davao City as the most dangerous city in the country, kabliktaran po yung actually it is the most dangerous place for criminals and terrorist,” he said.

The DCPO has changed Oplan Bulabog to Oplan Kalinaw, adopting a few changes to be of more service to the public.

First, Oplan Bolabog does not sound nice, said Tagum during the AFP-PNP Press Corps Southern Mindanao Press Briefing on Wednesday at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.

“After the incident in Marawi and we saw the demise of the Maute Terror Group, we saw the need to evolve. We have to repackage our Oplan Bulabog which the name does not sound nice. We have renamed our very successful peace and order strategy here in Davao City into more people friendly operation, Oplan Kalinaw,” he said.

He said that the Oplan Bulabog had only two coverage; identity background check and profiling of transient residents in the urban communities of Davao City. This was in support to Martial Law implementation   and in manhunt operation against wanted persons.

Oplan Kalinaw will also cover the same grounds but with the additional community outreach program and community empowerment.

“We included community outreach by the conduct of free medical check-up and distribution of free medicine and vitamins at the same time community empowerment through crime prevention education by giving pieces of advice to the public on how to avoid being victims of crime in our operation,” he added.

He said that the operation has been really effective particularly in clearing the urban communities from the presence of terrorists and criminals. It has also led to the arrest of wanted persons.

Tagum said the operation will focus in areas that harbor terrorists or criminal elements.

He cited areas in San Pedro, Sta. Ana and Talomo that yielded high number of apprehended people.

DCPO is counting on the support of purok officials and barangay officials for the success of its operations.

These barangay officials are helping the DCPO identify transient residents and to know the reason for their staying in the city.