CALOOCAN City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan expressed his confidence that the majority of barangay officials in the city are not involved or protectors of illegal drugs.
In fact, he lauded the performance of barangay officials in their fight against illegal drugs with most able to convince drug users and drug pushers to surrender and voluntarily submit themselves to community based treatment being offered by the city government.
The Caloocan city government earlier created an out-patient rehabilitation program called Community-Assisted Rehab and Recovery Training System (CARROTS) since the government rehabilitation facilities are already congested.
The city chief executive expressed his trust in barangay officials after the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) furnished them a copy of the names of all residents in every barangays in the city who are included in their drug watch list.
In Barangay 8 District II alone, the PDEA listed at least 341 individuals who were either drug pushers or drug users.
However, Brgy. 8 Chairman Honesto Gaton said most of the names included in the PDEA drug watch list were already arrested or had submitted themselves to out-patient rehabilitation while others were neutralized in shootouts with lawmen.
“Noon pa man, isa-isa kong pinupuntahan sa kani-kanilang bahay ang mga yan kaya marami sa kanila, kusang sumuko at nagpasailalim sa CARROTS ni Mayor Oca. May mga certification na ang karamihan sa kanila na negatibo na sila sa drug test,” Chairman Gaton said in an interview.
Last week, elements of Caloocan Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) raided a house of suspected drug pushers in Brgy. 8 only to find out that their target of operation had already surrendered to the authorities and was already negative for drug use after submitting herself to drug rehabilitation.