After the success of "Oplan Katok at Pakiusap (Kapak)," the Quezon City government is now having difficulties where to settle over 700 suspected drug pushers and users who recently surrendered for rehabilitation.
This is due to the limited capacity of the city's rehab and treatment center located in Barangay Payatas, which can only accommodate 150 patients at a time, GMA News reports.
To address this problem, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, who also heads the rehabilitation center referred to as "Tahanan," said that they will request assistance from the Health department. "Kasi sa Tahanan naman, six months ang program. Pag may lumalabas, ipipila na natin siya para pwede na siyang pumasok," she explained.
Belmonte added that certain improvements could have been done before Oplan Kapak was rolled out by the city's local government and its police force last week. “We could have had councilors, further councilors present," oberved the vice-mayor. "Pwede na sigurong ihiwalay yung mga grave users doon sa mga hindi naman masyadong addict para meron nang categorization.”
Oplan Kapak calls on drug users and pushers to stop their trade and surrender, in exchange for assistance, in the form of free rehabilitation and provision of basic needs for their families.
This is in line with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's campaign promise to reduce crime within six months of assuming the presidency.