Isabela anti-drug body may spend millions to support ‘TokHang’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 August 2016 15:06

By RENE V. CARBAYAS

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – The Isabela City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) will be spending around six million pesos in support to the TokHang (coined term for katok and hangyu, knock and appeal) anti-drug abuse campaign of the national government under the Duterte administration.

The local government of Isabela admitted that they were overwhelmed by the degree of responsibility that the LGU must assume after hundreds alleged drug personalities turned themselves in to authorities.

After the first few days of TokHang campaign in the city, Isabela City mayor Al-Qaid Akbar immediately convened the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) and eventually held series of CADAC meeting to look into some issues and concerns on the impact of TokHang in the city.

Where to put and what to do with the hundreds of those who surrendered remain as the biggest issue and predicament of the local government.

Based on the proposed plans and programs of the CADAC technical working group, providing support to help rehabilitate surrendered drug personalities would cost some six million pesos to cater to over 1,000 drug personalities.

Since majority of those who surrendered are Muslims, Mayor Akbar said that Muslim NGOs or representatives must be part of the CADAC so that planned programs and activities could respond to the religious and cultural needs or considerations of the Muslim drug personalities.

City Budget Officer Estrella Dundain said that CADAC has still some 2.5 million pesos at its disposal for the remaining months of 2016. She, however, emphasized that this fund could not be used unless there is clear plan of programs from the CADAC. With the projected deficit to be incurred to implement the plan, CADAC members proposed that some programs and activities be included for funding by the CPOC under its safety plan.

CADAC members also asked the city government to expedite the meeting of the LGU, AFP, and the police to discuss mechanisms for cooperation and partnership in establishing military camps as temporary rehabilitation centers for those who surrendered. #50FirstDays #PartnerForChange (RVC/PIA9-Basilan)