So far over 172 barangay public safety officers, or “tanods,” have tested positive for drug use since March of 2015 in Quezon City alone.
The Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council’s finding was disclosed in a meeting by Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung who said that more than 300 barangay officials and employees had tested positive for drug use.
The Vice Mayor said: “This is very alarming considering that [tanods] are the force multiplier of the police in ensuring peace and order in our communities.”
To add to the already high numbers, others who tested positive for drug use in Quezon City also include two kagawads, 52 street sweepers, seven barangay level health workers, 15 drivers, 15 utility workers, 10 community brigade workers, 11 barangay staff, one member of the task force on youth development, three from the violence against women and children help desk, eight from the lupon ng tagapamaya, and seven firefighters (volunteers).
So far as of the released findings date, The city only has a 74.64 per cent completion rate – those completion rates show that 106 of the 142 barangays have undergone random drug testing.
With 36 barangays remaining, officials believe those numbers will continue to climb.