Dumaguete City Chief-of-Police Supt. Jovito M. Atanacio reports that since the launching Project Double Barrel, some 921 illegal drugs personalities both users and pushers, have surrendered to the police and barangay officials.
This developed as the PNP will now cease the Tokhang operations and allow the PDEA to continue the anti-drugs campaign.
Of the 921 surrenderers, 60 are pushers while the remaining 861 are tagged as users. The police upon the direction of Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe Remollo has intensified the barangay visitations (Tapok Hangyo) and Toktok Hangyo (Tokhang) or house-to-house visitations, which resulted in the large turnout of surrenderers, who were also profiled.
The city has the most number of surrenderers compared to the 5 other cities and 19 municipalities in Negros Oriental.
Meanwhile, the administration of Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo has taken bold steps to rid or minimize the influence of illegal drugs in the city hall by directing employees and officials to undergo random drug tests. Also adopted as a policy is the requirement for job applicants to submit to drug tests before they are hired. This is in accordance to the ordinance that was authored and passed by Councilor Lilani Ramon.
Barangay officials have been tasked to closely monitor the the surrenderers so they can promptly report to the authorities should any of them return to their vice contrary to their signed undertaking.
On the other hand, three of the thirty barangays in the city namely Poblacion 4, Poblacion 5 and Poblacion 7 have been declared as Drug-Cleared Barangays after they complied with the parameters set forth in Section 6 of Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 3 series of 2017 as evaluated and confirmed by the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency, Mayor Remollo, DILG, DSWD and City Health Office.
Two more barangays namely Motong and Cantil-e are currently being evaluated for possible declaration as drug cleared barangays.
Both Mayor Remollo and Supt. Atanacio are working on the target of clearing 50% or 15 barangays from illegal drugs before the current year ends. (Some photos taken from Negros Chronicle)