Iloilo City's gains in war vs illegal drugs cited
Posted: 2017-Jul-18 14.00.53 UTC+0800
ILOILO CITY — Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of this city cited the gains of the city government and the law enforcement agencies in the President Duterte's war against illegal drugs.
In an interview with City Hall beat reporters on Monday, Mabilog stressed that the city government, through its community-based rehabilitation programs being implemented by the City Health Office and the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 has rehabilitated some 1,200 drug dependents out of the 3,180 drug surrenderers in the metro.
"The rehabilitation program is fully subsidized by the city government," he said.
"For mild cases, there is a camp-based program by PRO-6 held at Camp Delgado every Monday-Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; for mild cases, the CHO has Saturday session, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., for a period of five Saturdays; for moderate cases, we have the 'Crossroads' - a six-month rehab program held Monday to Friday, with 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. sessions, respectively; and for severe cases, there are treatment program at the Center for Mentally Ill inside the ICPO compound and at Pototan (DOH Treatment and Rehabilitation Center)," he explained.
Mabilog said the city's intervention, in cooperation with government agencies and private groups here, does not stop in the provision of rehabilitation program.
Part of the post-care support are skills training for free at the Technical Institute of Iloilo City, in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), provision of Livelihood Starter Kits from Department of Labor and Employment and TESDA, entrepreneurial assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and capitalization fund from the city government, among others.
Mabilog said the drug surrenderers in the metro were less than one percent of its 449,000 population.
While the 180 barangays here are still in the process of drug-clearing, the success of the campaign against illegal drugs in the metro is also evident in the recent pronouncements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and PNP that there are no shabu laboratories or marijuana plantations here.
"I don't think the city of Iloilo is the distributor of illegal drugs because law enforcement agencies are very strict in securing the area," Mabilog said.
He also noted the absence of big drug groups here.
With these records, Mabilog is hopeful that President Duterte will see the "real picture" of the illegal drugs problem in the metro, and how it is being addressed by the city government, in cooperation with other government institutions and the private sector.
The mayor rallied the Ilonggo community to continuously care for the city by promoting Iloilo as a peaceful, orderly, and progressive city "where all the Ilonggos are helping each other, united in one common purpose and that is to make it one livable city that every ilonggo every Filipino finds comfort in living in." (PNA)