Lack of rehab facilities due to increase drug users surrenderees, QC dilemma

In Quezon City on Sunday, the authorities said that they are now facing a problem for lacked of rehabilitation facilities due to the OPLAN KAPAK [katok at pakiusap]. Most suspects voluntarily surrendered to the police station.

The city government's drug rehabilitation center is already exceeding their capacity to accepts more and thinking of the right ways to addressed the concerns.

The Quezon City has reached over 700 suspected drug pushers and users who surrendered.

According to the interview of Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, there was a lack of coordination regarding this matter after the OPLAN KAPAK implemented.

"We could have had councilors, further councilors present. Pwede na sigurong ihiwalay yung grave users doon sa mga hindi naman masyadong addict para meron nang categorization," Belmonte said.

The Tahanan ng Pagasa in Quezon city rehabilitation and treatment center has just a capacity of 150. So, it is not strange if they were now having a dilemma.

Belmonte said they already doing their part to solve this and they will requesting the city health department to increase its capacity.

"Kasi sa Tahanan naman, six months ang program. Pag may lumalabas, ipipila na natin siya para pwede na siyang pumasok," she said.

Quezon City Police district has an incentives such as rehabilitation assistance, and the provision of basic needs for their families for those drug users and pushers who will surrender voluntarily, which is a good idea for the suspects than police officers will be chasing them.

But according to the text message of QCPD director Edgardo Tinio in GMA news, he said they were coordinating with Vice Mayor Belmonte.

"May coordination po kami... Kami po ay laging nakikipagtulungan at nakikipag-coordinate sa opisina ni VM (Vice Mayor)," Tinio said.

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