The awarding was conducted at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) of the Valenzuela City Hall on July 24, 2020. It was scheduled last March but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic
Mayor Rex Gatchalian said City Government gave incentives, not only because they (aawrdees) were able to pull the pushers out of the streets, but more importantly, they were able to support the case until conviction.
“It is a long, tedious process. Hindi sapat na nahuli lang. Dapat mapagtibay nila ang mga kaso to secure conviction. Then, we can permanently get these pushers off the streets,” Gatchalian said.
The awarding of cash incentives is mandated under Valenzuela City Ordinance No. 285, Series of 2016, or the “Reward System in Drug Cases Ordinance”. Section 7 of the Ordinance stating that, “for every conviction, the team or recipient shall receive an amount equal to Php 100,000 for every accused convict.”
The Valenzuela Anti-Drug Abuse Council (VADAC) Reward Committee will then distribute the amount according to each team member’s engagement in the case.
The members who took part in the conduct of a drug operation and further participated in the court proceedings will receive an amount equivalent to 70% of the total amount of the reward for every conviction. The cash incentives awarded ranged from PhP 2,700 to Php 70,000.
Gatchalian thanked the awardees for their dperserverance and conscientious work that led to the conviction of the accused.
“Gusto ko lang kayong pasalamatan sa inyong sakripisyo. Itong incentive naman na ito, maliit lang na bagay para mapasalamatan kayo” Gatchalian said.
“At gusto ko rin kayong pasalamatan dahil alam kong hirap na hirap na rin kayong mga pulis sa COVID-19 response natin. Marami sa inyo nag-positive na, pero tuloy-tuloy pa rin. So, maraming-maraming salama,” Gatchalian ended.
The ceremony was also graced by Vice Mayor Lorie Natividad-Borja, VADAC Action Officer and District 1 Councilor Atty. Bimbo dela Cruz.(Valenzuela PIO/PIA-NCR)
By Rhodelia R. Divina