LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 11 (PNA) -- A Bicol police official said the number of minors, who have surrendered to various police stations and local government officials, reached 625 as the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign that started on July 1 continued.
Senior Insp. Ma.Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Bicol, said Camarines Sur topped the list with 188, followed by Albay-170, Masbate-119, Camarines Norte-79, Naga City-34, Sorsogon-12, and Catanduanes-23.
She said from among the 625 minors who surrendered, 18 were in the elementary grades, 234 in high school, 74 in college and 299 out-of-school youths.
"We are saddened by the reports that an early age, those children, who are still in their elementary and high school years, have already been hooked on drugs," said Calubaquib.
By school level: the 18 elementary pupils, by province-- Albay has 11, Camarines Sur-4, Catanduanes-2, and Masbate-1.
In high school, PRO-5 data showed the 234, by province-- Camarines Sur topped the list with 76, Albay-69, Masbate-63, Catanduanes-16, Camarines Norte-9, and Naga City-1
In college, the 74 surrenderees were--Albay-34, Camarines Sur-34, Catanduanes-4 and Naga City-2.
Evelyn Jerusalem, spokesperson of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Bicol said all the Municipal and City Social Welfare Offices under the local government units in Bicol were tasked to provide “intervention measures” for the minors- surrenderees.
Calubaquib said from July 1 to August 8, PRO5 has recorded 36,134 drug surrenderees, of whom 34,211 were users and 1,923 drug pushers.
She said Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and President Rodrigo Duterte have been constantly monitoring the daily report on drug surrenderees, especially the data on the minors.
“PRO5 submits its daily report to them,” she added.(PNA) LAP/GVR/JH/CBD