BAGUIO CITY – In support of the city government’s on-going campaign to make the Summer Capital free from illegal drugs, the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) has arrested 318 drug pushers and 74 users from July 1, 2016 to present.
A total of 372 pushers and 2116 illegal drug users also voluntarily surrendered to Baguio’s Finest and other authorities during the same period.
The BCPO conducted a total of 254 operations during the three-year span broken down as follows: 193 buy bust operations; police 29 response; 18 service of search warrants; and 14 service of warrants of arrest.
BCPO police community relations chief P/Supt. Armando Gapuz gave the report during a two-day City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) meeting and workshop to formulate its action plan for 2019 to 2021 spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government-Baguio office headed by Evelyn Trinidad and the city’s special services division under Noel Mabutas.
Gapuz is asking the public’s support and cooperation in ridding the city of illegal drugs since these do not contribute anything positive but instead destroy the lives and future of everyone involved.
The CADAC is chaired by the Mayor and co-chaired by the BCPO Director. Members include heads and representatives from various concerned government offices and agencies including non-government organizations and the religious sector.
The council meets quarterly and aims to achieve its goal of making Baguio a “drug-free”city with the support and cooperation of local residents./Gaby Keith