LA UNION - Livelihood training programs await thousands of drug users and pushers who surrendered in La Union, Governor Pacoy Ortega promised.
A total of 2, 494 people from 19 towns and one city in the province took their pledge of commitment before Ortega. Agoo town topped the list with more than 400 surrenderees.
According to the La Union Police Provincial Office, Oplan Double Barrel will be implemented strictly to keep La Union drug-free. The establishment of rehabilitation centers is next in line.
"Kasi wala tayong rehabilitasyon sa province, eh. Although merong lupa, malapit sa Ilocos Sur Regional Training Center (ITRMC), there's funding for it already. During the first session of Sangguniang Panlalawigan, they passed a resolution asking the DOH to facilitate the release of funds for the putting up of a rehabilitation center," the governor said.
Police Senior Superintendent Angelito Dumangeng added: "We will make an analysis kung ano itong mga surrenderees natin. Kasi, hindi lahat, walang trabaho. 'Yong mga nangangailangan ng tulong, we will coordinate with agencies like Tesda, to provide them the training or the DSWD 'yung mga seminar for livelihood. At saka 'yung rehabilitation naman ng mga 'to, nakita niyo naman, hindi kailangang ipasa ito sa mga rehabilitation center, kasi hindi masyadong malala 'yung kondisyon nila that they need to enter a rehabilitation center."
Police Intelligence Strategies were tasked to identify the drug suppliers.
Aside from the promise of livelihood, the local government distributed Bibles to all those who surrendered.