Captain John “Jojo” M. Abad and Kagawad Roberto “Bobby” B. Miras, chairmen of the Committee on Peace and Order, ensure regular conduct of “Kamustahan sa Pagbabago” (staying in touch for change) among the residents of Batasan Hills who voluntarily surrendered themselves due to personal involvement in prohibited drugs.
“Kamustahan sa Pagbabago” is a weekly touch-base of the Committee on Peace and Order and the yielders to ensure that the latter remain their eye on the goal of completely turning their back on any drug-related activity. “Kamustahan sa Pagbabago” may be in the form of a house visitation or casual gathering.
The first wave of drug dependents who conceded themselves to the barangay authorities assembled on July 29, 2016 (Friday) at 10:00 AM at the Saret Covered Court. All 64 of them engaged themselves in a program hosted by Barangay Secretary Edwin P. Misolas and graced by the motivating presence of Capt. Abad, Kgd. Miras, the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) and Superintendent Lito E. Patay, Quezon City Police Department – Police Station 6 (QCPD-PS6) commander.
They were taught to solemnly pray and do physical exercises as an alternate to drug abuse. They were also invited to a boodle fight where menu consisted ensaladang talong (eggplant salad), chicken-and-pork adobo, fried fish and rice.
The second get-together happened on August 12 (Friday), still at 10:00 AM and at the Saret Covered Court. This time, the attendees increased by 11. The flow was quite similar to the first except that a surprise drug test was facilitated after everyone devoured the meal.
From the total of 75 participants, 65 urine samples were gotten for the one-step drug test as six were minors and four went home earlier than the examination. Out of the 65, only 24 produced negative results. Saddening as it may seem, 63% of the entire sample still remained to be under the influence of illegal drugs.
In the fervent hope of the barangay officials to eliminate these types of drug cases, Kgd. Miras assures that the Peace and Order Committee is on top of the rigid follow-ups on the ones who’re still positive in drugs.
Written by Aphrodite
Photos taken by Jocelyn Dalumpines