Ito­gon of­fi­cials mon­i­tor drug sur­ren­der­ers

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

ITO­GON, Benguet Mayor Vic­to­rio Palang­dan as­sured sup­port to drug sur­ren­der­ers to help them re­vert back to so­ci­ety.

Palang­dan said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity con­tin­ues to mon­i­tor drug sur­ren­der­ers who un­der­went the com­mu­nity based re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram to en- sure the non-resur­gence of drugs in Ito­gon and for drug sur­ren­der­ers to be com­pletely re­ha­bil­i­tated.

"We con­tinue to guard these drug sur­ren­der­ers for them not to go back to their old ways. We pro­vide them with liveli­hood pro­grams to keep them busy, while be­ing closely mon­i­tored by our des­ig­nated mu­nic­i­pal and barangay drug abuse coun­cils to­gether with our mu­nic­i­pal health of­fice," Palang­dan said.

In 2017, the Ito­gon Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion recorded 316 drug sur­ren­derer with 208 un­der­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram be­ing im­ple­mented by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit and other in­ter­est groups.

Palang­dan mean­while noted in­volve­ment of some pocket min­ers in il­le­gal drugs but coun­tered most of them are not res­i­dent of the town.

"Some of the sur­ren­der­ers are min­ers how­ever, those com­ing to Ito­gon to work in the mines are not from here but comes from other prov­inces. I have asked their as­so­ci­a­tion to strictly mon­i­tor their mem­bers and in­form us if there mem­bers may in­volve them­selves in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties par­tic­u­larly in the use of drugs," Palang­dan stressed.

At least seven barangays in Ito­gon were pre­vi­ously iden­ti­fied by PDEA to be

drug af­fected but were later on cleared.

Palang­dan as­sured their con­stituents of the ab­sence of mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees in­volved in drugs af­ter un­der­go­ing drug test­ing.

"We con­ducted a ran­dom drug test for all of the mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees and are happy to say no one turned pos­i­tive. This is what I con­tinue to em­pha­size to our mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials and con­stituents to not let them­selves be in­volved in il­le­gal drugs be­cause this may be the source of their de­struc­tion," Palang­dan added.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity has al­lot­ted P500,000 for liveli­hood projects of sur­ren­der­ers grad­u­at­ing from the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram.

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