Second chances are not rare in Tacurong City. This was evidenced by the 287 PWUD (persons who use drugs) who graduated from the 16-week Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) of the city government.

These PWUDs are identified to have low to mild severity of drug- use.

This live-out rehab program was held in the barangays and began in October 2019 and ended in February 2020.

Facilitated by the City Health Office, the CBRP uses the Department of Health’s framework called MIOP or Matrix on Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Stimulant-Use Disorder.

According to Ms. Risa Abejero, CBRP Program Manager, the rehabilitation included individual sessions and group dynamics, values formation, family education, drug testing, and relapse prevention group sessions.

Aside from the DOH, other partner agencies that were critical to the CBRP’s success were DSWD, DepEd, DILG, Tacurong PNP, and Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) as representative of the inter-faith sector.

The graduation ceremony of the PWUDs, now called the “Reformed”, was held on February 28 at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla was present to personally congratulate the graduates and welcome them back to society.

Also present were City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, City Health Officer, Dr.Giovanni Deles; Victoria Dolido, City Local Government Operations Officer; PLTCOL REY EGOS, Chief of Police of Tacurong City PNP; Ms. Mary Jane Hoksuan, DOLE SK Field Officer; Atty. Michelle Anne Viejo, legal officer of DILG Region XII; IA1 Ranier Narciso of PDEA Sultan Kudarat; Rev. Fr. Allen I. Polaron, DCC of UBAS, and barangay captains and their officials.

A day before graduation, the Reformed attended a recollection activity with Rev. Fr. Zaldy R. Robles, DCC as the facilitator.

Graduates of the previous community-rehabilitation program, which was known as TaTaPPP, also received during the graduation ceremony their livelihood starter kits provided by the city government and DOLE. (YMR, LGUTac-Info)