QC gov’t no extra place for 700 drug users who surrendered

  • Quezon City Vice mayor Joy Belmonte says they are having a problem where to place the drug users who surrendered to them
  • 700 drug pushers and users surrendered last week through Oplan Katok at Pakiusap (Kapak)
  • Oplan Katok at Pakiusap called people involved in drugs to surrender in exchange of freeing them from charges and rehabilitation

The Quezon City government is now having a problem where they would place the hundreds of drug pushers and users who surrendered themselves last week.

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, who heads the city’s drug rehabilitation center, said in a GMA News report: “We could have had councilors present. Pwede na sigurong ihiwalay yung grave users doon sa mga hindi naman masyadong addict para meron nang categorization.”

(The grave users could be segregated from those who are not deeply addicted to drugs.)

Last week, the city government launched its Oplan Kapak (katok at pakiusap). The operation aimed to call out on those involved in illegal drug practices to turn in themselves in exchange of rehabilitation and being free from charges.

It was patterned to the same measure employed in Davao City where President-elect Rodrigo Duterte served as mayor for 20 years.

Duterte has been very vocal that he will do everything, short of killing those involved in illegal drug trade.

Authorities in Quezon City have been successful with the program with over 700 drug users and pushers surrendering. But Belmonte noted how this is a problem since the capacity of the city’s rehabilitation center, Tahanan ng Pagasa, is only at 150.

Belmonte said they would just maximize the use of their health department to solve the problem.

According to a CNN Philippines story, only 12 barangays were included in the operation. The police are eyeing to go after all 142 barangays of the city.