Community-based drug rehabilitation starting soon

A community-based rehabilitation program (CBRP) will soon be implemented in place in Dagupan for the over 1,200 self-confessed drug personalities who surrendered under the Masa Masid program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

This was bared by DILG City Director Rhoderick Dawis who said those who surrendered will be made to undergo 48 sessions in eight weeks.

The program will be implemented soon as the training of trainors, all composed of members of the religious sector, is completed.

Barangay Pantal will be the pilot area for the project.

As part of their training, the trainors will visit the Dagupan Treatment and Rehabilitation Center by the City Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) to understand its operations and to seek recommendations how to improve on the program.

The CBRP essentially consists of three phases: Patient’s care, family care and community care which the client must be tested before a final clinical assessment will be made.

It is also necessary, said Dawis, that at the end of the program, the client undergoes drug testing and must show negative result.

“We will cluster the more than 1,200 drug surrenderers who will undergo the 48 sessions. The CBRP can be taken on staggered basis as they took into consideration that some of the drug surrenderers have jobs and have family to support,” Dawis said.

Dawis thanked the religious sectors, particularly the Catholic through its archdiocesan action center, the Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints, Atty. Lemuel Astadan of the Seventh Day Adventist and Living Lights Foundation headed by Pastor Mario Tumboc for supporting the CBRP.

He added that the CBRP complements the successful Sagip User Rehabilitation Empowerment (SURE) program that was instrumental in rehabilitating 60 drug dependents from Dagupan.

The SURE program is now on its after-care phase and most of the 60 clients were already given seed capital of P5,000 to P10,000 to help them start their own livelihood projects. (Leonardo Micua)