The Quezon City government, through its anti-drug abuse advisory council, will provide the city prosecutor’s office with backup personnel to assist in the speedy disposition of drug-related cases in QC.
At least five to six additional personnel will be provided by the city to the prosecutor’s office and they will be deputized by the court as subpoena server or special messenger. The city is also studying the possibility of providing these personnel with service vehicles to ensure the timely delivery of subpoena notices to law enforcers and witnesses.
The city’s move was in response to a request by QC Prosecutor Donald Lee for the formation of a city government task force that will assist the court in the immediate disposal of drug-related cases in the city.
To date, Lee said, there are only six prosecutors handling drug cases in Quezon City.
There is an increase of 15.89 percent in the number of drug cases filed in the city court from 2009 to 2010, Lee said.
In 2010, the prosecutor’s office registered a disposition rate of 93.74% in the number of drug cases filed in court. This year, the court is eyeing a disposition rate of 89.47%.
The QC anti-drug abuse council, chaired by Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, has mounted an all-out fight against illegal drugs by expanding coordinative efforts with various organizations and government agencies for the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated program designed to curb the city’s drug problem.
The city continues to be a pioneering local government unit in organizing drug free workplace policy as mandated by RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
QC was also the first local government unit in the country to use the e-technology to combat the drug problem. Precy/Maureen Quinones, PAISO