City Gov’t to relaunch community-based program for drug surrenderers
TACLOBAN CITY – With the resumption of the Project Double Barrel of the Philippine National Police-campaign against illegal drugs , the City Government of Tacloban under Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez deemed it necessary to re-launch and institutionalize its Community-based rehabilitation program for Drug Abuse Surrenderers dubbed New Beginnings.
In Monday’s Joint City Peace and Order Council- City Anti-drug Action Council meeting, Dr. Gloria Fabrigas, Special Projects for Health In-charge presented the standardized Tacloban City Drug Prevention, Control, Rehab and Recovery Program.
Fabrigas who is the focal person of the New Beginning program said the relaunching of the program in support of President Duterte campaign on illegal drugs is set for March 28, 2017 at the Astrodome.
The community-based rehab program – a priority initiative of Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez is the first local government-led drug rehabilitation program in the region. The Regional Department of Interior and Local Government considers the initiative a “showcase program.”
Its goal is to enhance protective factors and reduce risk for surrenderers through the three “Pathways” Risk Assessment, Restoration, Growth and Development and Reintegration.
During Risk Assessment; data gathering and Life Coaching to be conducted by accredited faith-based organization will be the main activities, while the Restoration, Growth and Development part will focus on Psychosocial processing and skills training. the Reintegration: Integration to family and community.
A surrenderer will undergo the 12 steps Recovery Modules which will comprise 8 to 12 weeks of coaching and therapeutic sessions depen.ding on his condition. A food subsidy and fare allowance will be given the surrenderer submitting to the program
The New Beginnings Program will work closely with MASA MASID under the National Government Agencies and a Technical Working Group: composed of the City health Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, TCPO, among others.
MASA MASID (acronym for Mamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamayang Ayaw sa Droga) is a community-based anti-criminality and corruption initiative mandated under DILG Memorandum Circular 2016-116 signed by Secretary Ismael Sueno last September 2, 2016,
A re-assessment of surrenderers was recently conducted and on Wednesday March 15 the orientation of 182 accredited Life Coaches was conducted at the MASA Office. Tacloban has 4,675 profiled drug surrenderers.- HENRY JAMES G. ROCA/CIO