UM- gov’t partnership sees drug surrenderees complete Community-Based Rehabilitation and After-Care Program

The first batch of drug reformists in Talomo District has finally moved-up from the First Phase of Community-Based Rehabilitation and After-care Program (CBRAP) last August 4, 2018 at the The View, Magtuod.  This simple yet very memorable occasion was graced by personnel from PDEA XI, DCPO-PCR, DOLE XI, CHO, CSSDO, CADAC and the City Mayor’s Office.

The clients from Barangay Magtuod underwent 6 months of intensive program which includes intensive drug testing, family dialogue, psychological services and spiritual counselling.  There were 28 drug surrenderees last year, with 17 enrolled in the program and 12 successfully finished the recovery phase.

“There are 8 more clients that we need to reach-out and engage in the program and I am counting on to our 12 constituents of CBRAP to talk and convince the others to come out to the open and work with us,” said Brgy. Magtuod head Jaime Gorre.

The community-based drug reformation program of Magtuod is in partnership with University of Mindanao’s Pag-amUMa project or ‘Pagduyog sa Kaamguhan aron Pag-Uswag Matagamtagam.’  

“Every individual regardless of race and status has inherent worth and has the capacity to change.  It may be that we need to help them realize their potentials by giving them opportunities and resources for a planned change,” said Sitti L. Apadan, UM’s AVP for Community Extension. Pag-amUMa is a holistic program which seeks to contribute in the wellness of biopsychosocial and spiritual well-being of the clients and their families.

The importance of public and private collaboration in the implementation of CBRAP was highlighted by the Action Officer of CADAC Mr. Mikey Aportadera.  According to him, there are a lot more things to do in as far as the reformation program is concerned – partnership and synergy could perhaps work if private organizations will just show their willingness to take part in this program.

The issue on war against drugs is not only the sole concern of the government but everybody’s concern.  We need more volunteers and we need the cooperation of the barangays if we are to make this city a livable place for our children in the future, Ms. Jenny Tan of PDEA stated.

The reformists who completed Phase 1 is set to continue their treatment within an 18-month period for the after-care program.  Services such as medical including drug testing, social aid including employment and income generation, spiritual services, and recreational services will be made closer to them for their gradual reformation and betterment of their lives and their families.

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