Drug Surrenderers receive financial assistance from City Gov’t, DSWD
TACLOBAN CITY – Some 130,000 pesos worth of financial Assistance were distributed to 26 Drug Surrenderers of this City on Friday, August 4.
The surrenderers, who are beneficiaries of the New Beginnings Program – the Drug Rehabilitation initiative of the City Government, received the assistance on Friday afternoon from Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 8 Director Restituto Macuto. Also present during the distribution was City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) Chief Remedios Buna and New Beginnings Head Dr. Gloria Fabrigas.
Worth 5,000 pesos each, the assistance represents the subsistence and travel allowance of the 25 surrenderers, who are currently enrolled at the Daily Therapeutic Center (DTC) in Diit.
At the DTC, a surrenderer undergoes the 12 steps Recovery Modules which comprises 8 to 12 weeks of coaching and therapeutic sessions depending on his condition. A food subsidy and fare allowance is given to the surrenderer submitting to the program
The New Beginnings Program works 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.
The community-based rehab program – is a priority initiative of Mayor Romualdez in support of the Anti-Drug Campaign of President Rodrigo R. Duterte; and was the first local government-led drug rehabilitation program implemented in the region.
Other initiatives of the City Government benefiting the Surrenderers are psychosocial support and provision of livelihood opportunities. -HENRY JAMES G. ROCA/CIO, Photo by Tim Canes/CMO