Mayor Inday lauds successful anti-drugs operations
The Davao City Police Office has intensified its campaign against illegal drugs.
On Friday, over P2 million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated, while 66 individuals were arrested by military-backed law enforcement agencies in the city under the One time, Big time concept that covered 10 barangays identified as the drug-affected areas.
Five suspected drug personalities died during the simultaneous operations that started early morning.
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte lauded the successful operations against illegal drugs and expressed gratitude to the men in uniform in keeping the city peaceful and safe for the Dabawenyos.
She also stressed that it is impossible to keep the city 100 percent free from criminalities.
“Zero criminality, zero crime incident, that’s a utopian dream,” she said. “Wala kay makita na lugar nga ingon ana. What’s important is that out law enforcement agency are doing something to maintain the safety of the city.”
The mayor also noted that the city’s campaign against illegal drugs is not particularly targeting the poor.
Last year, police apprehended the grandson of a well-known hotelier in the city for alleged involvement in illegal drugs.
A nephew of Peace Sec. Jesus Dureza was also arrested in an anti-narcotics operations early this year.
Mayor Inday said the city government was doing its best to help the poor sector in the city by implementing programs aimed at boosting livelihood opportunities.
Last year, the Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) launched the program Tabangan Ang Reformist Aron Naay Asenso or Tara Na, a project that will assist drug surrendered to become productive after they give up their addiction or involvement in drugs.
“We offer them reform through the Tara Na project,” said Cadac action officer Michael Denton Aportadera. ” “We will provide them with all the necessary interventions for them to get back on their feet and live, productive normal lives again.”
Tara Na is under the Davao City Community-Based Rehabilitation Aftercare Program for Persons with Substance Use Disorder (CBRAP).
CBRAP, on the other hand, aims to reactivate the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) in all 183 barangays in the city. So far, 46 villages have already revived their respective anti-drug councils. CIO