CEBU, August 16 (PIA) -- Two 'Rehabinasyon' town hall meetings took place in Carcar City and Cebu City on Aug. 15 and 16, 2019 to strengthen the anti-drug campaign program of the Duterte administration and to call for publics support to become partners for change for a drug-free Philippines.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) led the event together with its partner agencies, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, as well as the local government units.
PCOO dismissed allegations of disinformation thrown against the anti-drugs campaign and presented real numbers, stories, and solutions.
"As the prime communications arm of the government, we aim to let the people know how far we've come and how far are we from our target destination," PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar said in his speech.
'Rehabinasyon' encapsulates the words "rehab" and "nation" to create a meaning of rehabilitating the nation, bannering the tagline "Rehabilitating the Nation, Together".
Andanar explained that 'Rehabinasyon' is established to inform the public that rehabilitation programs are given serious attention and priority by the government.
"The program is designed not only to inform the people of the actual and honest efforts of the government in terms of rehabilitation, reintegration and advocacy but also to reach out to the grassroots and engage the people in the community to join the administration in this venture through town hall sessions." he expounded.
"It communicates truth to the people because the people deserve to know the truth, that is: illegal drug is one of the biggest lies that plague our country today," he added.
PCOO Asec. Ramon Cualoping III discussed the real numbers involving the administration's campaign against drugs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019 based on the data given by the concerned agencies.
He reported that for the past three years, the Duterte administration has recorded 1.4 million surrenderees who voluntarily stopped doing drugs because of Oplan Tokhang.
A total value of P34.75 B of drugs, controlled precursors, and essential chemicals (CPECs) and laboratory equipment were seized.
Towards a drug-cleared Philippines, 134,583 operations have been conducted that resulted in the arrest of 193,086 drug personalities with 5,526 deaths.
The total number of high-value targets arrested were 7,054 with a breakdown of 189 foreign nationals, 282 elected officials, 76 uniformed personnel, 323 government employees, 1,975 listed targets, 687 drug group leaders/members, 57 armed group members, 689 drug den maintainers, 190 listed wanteds, 8 celebrities/prominent personalities, and 2,578 arrests from high impact operations.
The government has dismantled 334 dens and 14 clandestine laboratories.
Some 2,385 children aged 4 to 17 who were involved in illegal drug activities have been rescued during anti-drug operations from the total of 632 possessors, 307 users, 10 drug den employees, 6 drug den maintainers, 130 drug den visitors, two cultivators and 1,298 drug pushers.
Of the total 42,045 barangays in the country, 13,753 are now drug-cleared and the remaining 19,215 are still yet to be cleared.
For January 2018 to June of this year, a total of 421,275 of drug surrenderers benefitted from the recovery and wellness program and the Balay Silangan Reformation Centers of the government. (fan/PIA7)