Climaco convenes TF Cambio Vida PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:53

Mayor Beng Climaco convened last Monday afternoon to Task Force Cambio Vida, a multi-agency group intended to address issues and concerns arising from the influx of drug surenderers in the city.

Specifically, the task force is an initiative that seeks to rehabilitate and transform drug users with key support from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Zamboanga City Police Office, City Government, other agencies and professional practitioners down to the barangay level.

The group will also look into the possibility of providing livelihood or job opportunities for drug pushers and users, who voluntarily surrendered to the authorities as a result of the anti-illegal drugs program dubbed “Oplan Tokhang.”

In an earlier interview, the mayor said the City Government has a standby fund of P2 million in the annual Budget for its anti-drug programs and the amount will be utilized for drug surrenderees under the task force.

Nevertheless, the chief executive, 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.

Among the agencies present during the meeting held at the City Hall conference room Monday afternoon were representatives from the PNP, PDEA, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, City Health Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Legal office and other concerned groups. — Sheila Covarrubias