ALLOWING marijuana farming to flourish in the Philippines, a country still teeming with drug pushers and users, is saddening and revolting to the senses.
In fact, the existence of marijuana plantations is ample proof that the government is a failure when it comes to uplifting the living conditions of the country’s poor, particularly farmers.
It is public knowledge that in some parts of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), a favorite destination of local and foreign tourists, many farmers still plant marijuana.
Aware of this, the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the region has launched a program aimed at transforming confessed drug pushers and users into “environmentalists.”
Orchestrating the program is Chief Supt. Elmo Francis Sarona, director of the Cordillera Police Regional Office (CPRO).
In launching the project, the PNP, headed by Director-General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, wants to turn surrendered drug pushers and users into “tree lovers” and “forest conservationists.”
Last August 25, some 20 drug dependents planted 300 acacia trees in Balitian and Mount Amancho in Bontoc Ili, Bontoc province, according to Chief Supt. Sarona.
The tree-planting activity, which is in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is part of the national police agency’s environmental protection program.
In Lubuagan town, the PNP, in partnership with the Mountain View Lighthouse Baptist Church, is conducting regular spiritual programs to self-confessed drug pushers and users.
If the people want to help the PNP in transforming the Philippines into a drug-free Southeast Asian country, then they should support the government’s total war against the drug menace.