86 PWUDs complete 6-month intensive drug rehab program
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A NEW LIFE FOR 86 FORMER DRUG USERS BEGINS.

A second batch of 86 Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) finished recently their six-month Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) under the Community-Based Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Program (CBTRP) began under the administration of Gov. Joseph Cua.

This batch, with a compliance rate of 91% and 99.6% negative drug test results, comes from 10 municipalities: San Andres (6), Virac (10), San Miguel (4), Bagamanoc (3), Panganiban (4), Baras (4), Viga (11), Gigmoto (8), Caramoran (8), and, Pandan (28).

The ‘graduates’ were accompanied by one member of their respective families during the ceremony at the Catanduanes Convention Center in the presence of Acting Gov. Shirley Abundo, municipal mayors, the CBTRP Technical Working Group, the Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Hazel Palmes, LGU core team members from the religious groups, Philippine National Police, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices, Municipal Health Offices, the  Department of Health regional officials, Dangerous Drugs Board, and staff of the Malinao Treatment and Rehabilitation Center.

Highlighting the PWUDs’ primary program completion and their family’s vital support for their recovery, the activity also promoted the Cua administration’s advocacy for drug users and drug dependents to seek treatment and rehabilitation. It also honored the strong partnership between the CBTRP’s stakeholders, service providers and other government agencies.

According to Dr. Magdalena Martinez, the CBTRP coordinator, this batch is larger than the initial batch of 76 PWUDs diagnosed with moderate drug dependence who graduated last year.

After this intervention regarding their substance abuse, the graduates will undergo an after-care program for six more months under strict monitoring by the municipal social worker, she said.

Once they finish the IOP, they will then be referred to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for training as well as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for livelihood opportunity development before integration into their communities as productive citizens, Dr. Martinez added.

“Totally reformed na sila. Nawala sila sa landas at naka-avail sinda kan programa kan gobyerno ni President Duterte, and thankful sila na nagkaroon ng interventions para sa talagang naliligaw ng landas, lalo na mga mga kabataan,” she stated.

Not only is the IOP administered by social workers and doctors, there is also spiritual guidance under the modules implemented by IOP staff from the MTRC, with the PHO lending facilitation and technical assistance, the coordinator disclosed.

Started by the Cua administration in July 2016, the CBTRP was crafted with the contribution of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) headed by Judge Lelu Contreras, DOLE, TESDA, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), PNP, PHO, DOH, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, MSWDOs, MHOs, religious sector representatives, and, DOH-accredited physicians Dr. Gibson Gabitan and Dr. Angel Albert Lamban.


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