LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 18 (PNA)--The Legazpi city government, through the City Health Office (CHO) and City Social Welfare and Development Office, has started assessing over 2,000 drug dependents who had voluntarily surrendered to police officials since start of the illegal drug campaign in July, said Dr. Fulbert Gillego, CHO chief.
He said collated records at the City Police Office showed that as of Oct. 18, there were 2,467 drug dependents who voluntarily surrendered to local authorities, 2,326 of them were male and 141 female.
Gillego said 271 of the drug surrenderers were pushers while 2,196 were drug users.
“There were also 62 minors among those who surrendered to authorities,” he said.
Gillego said the medical teams they formed will categorize the drug dependents as either severe or mild cases.
Those identified as severe cases will be referred to the Malinao Rehabilitation Center for treatment while those deemed to be mild cases will undergo counseling and given livelihood activities.
Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal, Tabaco City Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro and Ligao City Mayor Patricia Alsua held a meeting recently with officials of the Department of Health-Bicol so that immediate intervention could be given to the drug surrenderers.
Rosal said all officials in the city’s 70 villages, from the village chief to the village watchmen, and city employees have undergone drug tests.
He said those who have yet to submit to tests should schedule tests to erase doubts on their involvement in illegal drug use.
Rosal urged the police to continue the illegal drug campaign of the Duterte administration to help reduce drug-related crimes in the country.
Chief Insp. Errol Garchitorena, Legazpi city police chief, said they are conducting house-to-house visits of all identified pushers and users in the barangays as part of Oplan double barrel and Operation Tokhang.
He said police officers have been disseminating information in the villages on the ill effects of illegal drugs while continuing with their search and seizure operations on known drug dens. (PNA) RMA/GVR/EPS/EDS