Mayor Toby Tiangco lauded the Navotas City Police Station following Thursday’s arrest of 23 individuals for possession of illegal drugs.
Operatives from the Station Drug Enforcement Unit confiscated 31 plastic sachets of shabu and P500 marked money in two buy-bust and four separate surveillance operations.
“Navotas is indeed fortunate to have a hardworking police force. Their commitment to their duty, despite the danger it entails, helps ensure that we can win the war against illegal drugs,” he said.
Tiangco, however, noted that keeping Navotas safe is the responsibility of every Navoteño.
“Each of us has a role to play in ending the drug menace. By reporting illegal activities, you can help us put drug personalities in jail and treat those suffering from drug addiction,” he said.
Navotas has a Text JRT (JohnRey or Toby) facility that receives feedbacks, complaints or reports from residents. Messages may be sent to Text JRT numbers 0915-2601385 for Globe, 0908-8868578 for Smart, and 0922-8888578 for Sun.
Eight barangays in Navotas have already been declared drug-cleared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). These included North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS) Dagat-dagatan, NBBS Proper and NBBS Kaunlaran, Navotas East and Navotas West, Tanza I and Tanza II, and San Rafael Village.
The city also has a Bidahan, a community-based treatment, and rehabilitation program for drug users willing to change their ways.
Since it started in October 2016, the Bidahan now has 21 batches composed of 592 participants. Of this, 108 have completed 6-month counseling and 10 have finished 18-month aftercare treatment.