More than 10,000 suspected drug pushers and users have already surrendered to the Police Regional Office 18, at its provincial and city police offices in Negros Island, within two weeks.
Of 10,428 self-confessed drug peddlers and users who surrendered since July 1, a total of 4,471 gave themselves up to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office – 5,734 and 583 to the Bacolod City Police Office, records show.
Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said yesterday that 339 of the 4,471 surrenderees in the province alone are drug pushers.
In the same period, they also arrested 49 others in separate buy-bust operations, of which 20 are drug peddlers, Señoron added.
Senior Supt. Nestor Tiempo, newly-installed acting provincial police director of Negros Oriental, said the 5,734 “pushers” and “users” voluntarily surrendered through the Project Double Barrel and Oplan TokHang, from July 1 to 11.
But the number of surrendered drug peddlers and users in Negros Oriental is expected to increase, as soon as the data for July 12 to 14 is available.
Oplan Tokhang is the “left hand” effort of the PNP to convince drug users and pushers to surrender, while the Oplan Double Barrlel is an all-out campaign of the police to neutralize the illegal activities of drug peddlers.
Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, regional police director for the Negros Island Region, said he and NIR police officials will meet next week with local chief executives, to address the rehabilitation aspect of drug users.
Capa said there is a proposal to establish drug rehabilitation centers in every district, with local government units pooling their resources.
Some of the mayors already signified their intention to provide livelihood opportunities to drug pushers and users, who pledged to cooperate with the anti-drug campaign of the police, he added.
But some of those who surrendered, resumed their illegal activities, Senoron admitted. One of them was arrested early this week in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.*GPB
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