Soon-Ruiz wants P500K incentive for drug cleared barangays to be used for livelihood of drug warriors

By: Mary Rose Sagarino - CDN Digital Correspondent | July 13,2022 - 04:49 PM
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Mandaue City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Mandaue City wants its P500,000 incentive for barangays declared drug cleared to be used to help drug warriors find a livelihood.

On Monday, July 11, the city council during their regular session, passed the resolution authored by City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, providing the guidelines for the utilization of the P500,000 incentive.

The guidelines were formulated by the Technical Working Group consisting of the budget officer, city treasurer, accountant, City Social Welfare and Services, and a representative and consultant of Mayor Jonas Cortes.

In Mandaue, all barangays that will be declared drug cleared will be given a P500,000 incentive by the city government.

Soon-Ruiz who is also the focal person of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), said considering that there are already many barangays declared drug cleared it is better to provide guidelines to make sure that the assistance will be used for the benefit of the drug warriors.

She admitted that there was a barangay who asked them if the money can be used to buy a vehicle to be used to visit drug surrenderees.

“Kahibaw baya ta sa sakyanan dili solely for them sa warriors, dili maka improve sa plight sa warriors, dili na pwede,” said Ruiz.

Ruiz said all warriors who graduated from the community-based rehabilitation drug program are always monitored and that random drug tests are conducted to ensure that they never return to using illegal drugs.

A drug-cleared status means that the barangay has accounted for all its drug dependents and drug dependents are able to complete the intervention programs given by them.

Currently, Mandaue already has nine barangays declared drug cleared by the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7).

These are barangays Basak, Paknaan, Casili, Tabok, Opao, Subangdaku, Tingub, Tawason, and Bakilid.    /rcg

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