The Local Government Unit (LGU)of Tacurong, Nuestra Señora dela Candelaria Parish (NSDCP), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government successfully held the first live-in training under the local community-based rehabilitation program (CBRP) on February 6-10, 2017 at the Boy Scout Campsite in Barangay New Carmen.

The program, called TaTaPP or Tabang Tatap para sa Pagbag-o kag Paglaum, is the official CBRP of the city.
A total of 15 surrenderees from Barangay Poblacion and Barangay San Rafael compose the first batch of TaTaPP trainees. Trainees were dubbed Empowering Brethren or EB.

The 15 EBs graduated from the training on February 10 and in attendance to support their milestone were their families, City Mayor Montilla, the TC facilitators, Punong Barangay Lorraine Llavore and Jose Ganayo, Fr. Zaldy Robles, CLGOO Alberto Sero, Eufemia Robles of CSWD, and other guests from DSWD Region XII, the PNP, BJMP, and Philippine Army among others.

TaTaPP uses a Therapeutic Community (TC) Approach or a holistic intervention that covers the physical and social, psychological and neurological, and spiritual dimensions of an EB.

During the 5-day live-in program, the EBs underwent physical exercises such as military training obstacles and dance classes, bible sharing, counselling sessions, and conversations in pairs and groups.
The TC facilitators were trained volunteers from the NSDCP, City Social Welfare Development Office, DepEd, PNP, Philippine Army, barangay officials, and DILG.

However, not only does TaTaPP focuses on the individual EB’s recovery; it also provides intervention for his family and community. The families undergo therapy and counselling sessions, conflict resolution and psycho-education, spiritual and moral upliftment, and advocacy and awareness-raising programs among others.

On the other hand, the community’s involvement is encouraged through community awareness seminars and symposiums on illegal drugs, recruitment of community volunteers for MASA MASID and UBAS, and mobilization of GKKs and other religious, civic, and interfaith organizations.

The completion of the TaTaPP intervention will be in six months. Each EB will come back every weekend to their respective barangay rehabilitation facility for the continuance of their program sessions, this time with an additional re-integration program.

Upon their completion of the TaTaPP, the EBs will be provided with vocational skills training and assistance in possible employment opportunities. And instead of Empowering Brethren, they will now be referred to as Empowered Brethren. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)