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Persons who use drugs in Tacurong finished rehab

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)

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LGU continues to beef up barangay anti-drug campaign

The city government continues to strengthen its fight against drugs and one way of doing it is by saturating the barangays with strong advocacies with the mayor leading the way.

In the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) launch in Brgy. New Isabela on November 7, Mayor Angelo Montilla, who also sits as chairperson of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), enjoined all stakeholders to be persistent until the drug problem is eliminated.

“The success of this program lies not only at the hands of the implementers but all the stakeholders especially the direct beneficiaries or the drug surrenderers”, the mayor said.

Department of Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular No. 2018-125 sets the guidelines for CBRP implementation.

Under the circular, community-based treatment is adopted when a drug user or drug abuser is assessed to be low risk or has mild severity substance use disorder.

After the PNP identifies the drug surfacing personalities under its ‘tokhang’ campaign, it refers them to the Department of Health for drug dependency examination.

The surrenderers who are evaluated to have mild severity substance use disorder are then referred to the local health services offices for rehabilitation and treatment.

Those who have moderate to severe substance use disorder are referred to higher facilities like rehabilitation centers.

For Tacurong, community-based rehabilitation is handled by the Office for City Health Services.

Meanwhile, aftercare and livelihood facilitation fall under the responsibility of the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

The final stage of the CBRP, which is monitoring/evaluation is the task of all CADAC members.

According to CBRP Focal Person for Health Riza Abejero, there are currently 707 Persons in Tacurong who are identified as Persons Who Used Drugs or PWUDs.

“We already launched the program to 17 barangays of the city and we hope to cover all the 20 barangays by this week”, Abejero said. (ASF, LGU Information)

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