By: Elena Grace Flores
If only the small-time drug dealers and users are here in the Philippines, why not concentrate on public services to at least control drug addicts through public rehabilitation centers and upgrade the rest of the medical, educational, transportation and other facilities to serve the public better – and that will ensure that many desperate people will not resort to the drug trade or the use of it. Actually, he was addressing the drug issue when visiting Basilan for the Biomass Power Plant inspection which is first in the country using palm oil as power to generate electricity. This will be very helpful to the people in Mindanao and he should put more efforts here than anywhere else. Read through especially the last paragraph on this topic:
This is part of the inquirer’s report: Mr. Duterte said the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) placed at two million the number of drug users and pushers in the country two years ago. He said the present estimate has been pegged at 3.7 million. “You see the number of those who surrendered. You see it everyday on TV. And they say that crime has gone down, that’s natural. Why wouldn’t it go down when everything has been contaminated (by drugs),” he said. The President even described the selling of drugs here as “Chinese Style,” as peddlers have been selling drugs retail, making drugs more affordable. Mr. Duterte also said drug syndicates operating outside the country have been using technology, with a “big map of the Philippines to locate where to drop the drugs.” He said those being arrested in the country were just the “lieutenants.” “When we say big boss, general, they are not here,” Mr. Duterte said.
It clarified: The President was here to inspect the 4.5-megawatt biomass power plant that was scheduled to commercially operate by the end of the year. Friday’s visit here was the second made by the President to a province in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) since winning the elections. On Thursday, Mr. Duterte was in Basilan, where he held a command conference with military officials. The biomass power plant here is the first in the country. It will be using by-products from palm oil, and will be supplying power through the local power distributor. To produce power, the plant’s steam boiler will burn oil palm by-products like palm fruit fiber, nut shell, empty fruit bunches, the methane gas produced by palm oil mill effluent and low quality crude palm oil.