Para masugpo ang drugs! Rep. Bayani Fernando pushes for tagging drug-risk areas

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Just like President Rodrigo Duterte, Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando is eager to put an end to illegal drug problem in the country.

To make this possible, the politiko has sought the final passage of House Bill 4017, which seeks to empower local government units (LGU) to declare areas with reported cases of illicit drug proliferation as drug-risk areas.

The measure is patterned after Marikina Ordinance No. 245, series of 1997, which empowers the city to quarantine drug-risk areas by strictly monitoring the entrance and exit points of the area to limit the access of people going to and from the areas.

“In line with the thrust of the Duterte administration, which is to seek solutions to minimize,if not completely eradicate, the proliferation, use, sale, distribution and manufacture of illegal drugs in the country, this measure proposed one such method involving the LGU working hand in hand with law enforcement authorities to curb the problem and take the war against drugs to the grassroots level, ” Fernando said.

“This proposed measure seeks to curtail the movement of drug users, pushers and manufacturers in a drug risk area. If implemented nationally, it serves as a preemptive strike against the drug business in their own area of operations by making life uncomfortable for their users, sellers, distributors or manufacturers of illegal drugs due to the daily monitoring of their movements, ” he added.

HB 4017 provides that once drug risk areas have been specifically identified by law enforcement authorities, the city or municipal council through a resolution shall declare the areas as drug risk areas and authorize the LGU’s Office of Public Safety and Security (OPSS) or its equivalent office to cordon off the area and post warning signs that the place is a drug-risk area.

Under the measure, the OPSS is mandated to keep and maintain a record of all persons even non-residents in drug risk areas and provide the information to the local law enforcement authorities at a regular basis.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is tasked to formulate and issue the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Illegal Drug Quarantine Act.