BAGUIO CITY—Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan wants the Baguio City Police Office to work double time and for residents to cooperate with the city’s anti-drug campaign to make the city drug-free by the end of this year.
Domogan said the increasing number of drug surrenderers and arrests for involvement in the illegal drug trade only shows that law enforcers “still have a lot of homework to do.”
The support of the residents, who should provide vital information that will lead to the arrest of those involved in the lucrative drug trade, is invaluable in this effort, the mayor added.
As of last week, Domogan noted a total of 2,390 drug surrenderers from the city’s different barangays, with 1,984 drug users and 406 drug pushers.
About 206 individuals were arrested by combined police operatives and anti-narcotics agents in various anti-drug operations, with 182 drug pushers and 24 users, he added.
Domogan also claimed more than P4.4 million worth of shabu were confiscated in various anti-drug operations, while the amount of marijuana seized by authorities remain at P729,729.
“We appeal to everyone to continue to be vigilant relative to the government’s anti-drug campaign so that we will be able to achieve of making our city drug-free by the end of this year,” the mayor said.
“Residents must cooperate in identifying those involved in the illegal drug trade in their barangays so that they could be immediately arrested and charged, because we want to spare our youth from the serious negative effects of the use of illegal drugs,” he stressed.
The government’s anti-drug campaign “has greatly contributed in improving the peace and order situation in the city with the significant reduction on the volume of crimes,” Domogan said. However, he also noted the negative effects of the campaign, particularly the loss of innocent lives and the seeming use of the anti-drug campaign for vengeful persons to get back at their detractors, among other issues.
Arresting individuals involved in illegal drugs would be easier on the part of the police, the mayor said, once residents and barangay officials cooperate with them.
By the end of 2016, the local police force reported around 2,360 drug surrenderers in the city, but the series of anti-drug operations resulted in the increase of arrested drug personalities, coupled with the rising number of drug surrenderers in the different barangays.
The government’s anti-drug campaign will only be successful once barangay residents will cooperate with the ongoing police operations so the drug personalities will be neutralized and the supply of the prohibited drugs will be minimized, Domogan said.