Mayor plans ‘Nuevo Vida’ TF for drug surrenderers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 11:51

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco announced yesterday her forthcoming executive order creating a special task group, tentatively named “TF Nuevo Vida,” that will address the issues and concerns arising from the expected influx of drug surrenderees in the city.

Climaco said the task group will look into the possibility of providing livelihood or job opportunities and rehabilitation of drug pushers and users, who voluntarily surrendered to the authorities for fear of getting killed.

She said the city government has a standby fund of P2 million in the annual budget for its anti-drug programs, and the amount will now be utilized for the drug surrenderees under the soon to be-created task force.

The chief executive, however, clarified that drug personalities, who wish to surrender, will have to undergo the legal and police processes before they can be accepted as “drug surrenderees” to preclude anyone with other criminal records from getting off the hook in the guise of being drug surrenderees.

“There will be guidelines and mechanisms on this matter and the task will have to coordinate with the police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), City Health Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office,” Climaco told the press briefing in City Hall yesterday morning.

Early on, City Legal Officer Jesus C. Carbon Jr. said while the city government welcomes anyone involved in illegal drug trade to voluntarily surrender, the rule of law has to be applied on the so-called “drug surrenderees” with pending arrest warrants or criminal records other than their involvement in drugs.

This developed after a number of alleged drug pushers and users in barangays Cawit, Tetuan and Arena Blanco had voluntary gave themselves up to the police through their respective barangay officials.

Meanwhile, City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos revealed that six of the 234 city government officials and employees, who submitted themselves for drug testing last Thursday, were tested positive for methamphetamine substance otherwise known as shabu.

However, Dr. Agbulos declined to name names and the offices they came from in adherence to the anti-drugs law (RA 9165).

He said the results will have yet to undergo confirmatory lab test, stressing that they can be “false positive.”

Agbulos was also hoping the Department of Health (DOH) will release the soonest time possible the funds for the construction of the Drug Rehabilitation Center at the Mindanao Sanitarium in Pasobolong to accommodate the drug surrenderees.— Vic Larato