154 surrenderers complete 6-month drug rehab program

Dindin and Tina (real names withheld) are now optimistic of their drug-free tomorrow after completing their six-month community-based treatment and rehabilitation program (CBTRP) organized by the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO).

On Wednesday, April 10, Dindin and Tina, along with the 152 surrenderers, went up the stage to receive their certificates during the graduation rites held at the municipal sports complex in Alegria town, Cebu.

”Mura’g gi challenge sad mi ani nga program pag stop ana nga bisyo. Unya ikaw nga willing sab ka nga moundang i-force gyud nimo imo kaugalingon nga mo attend sa activity,” said Dindin, a 28-year- old gay who once took drugs thrice a week.

“Sayon ra man kay sukad nga naa na ni nga programaha ba, gi monitor na sab mi nila,” said Tina, 37, a mother of four and who admitted to using drugs once a week before she joined the program.

Alegria Mayor Verna Magallon; Milva Mojado, provincial head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency; and Diane Patricio of CPADAO led the distribution of certificates to the 154 graduates who came from the town’s nine barangays.

“Nalipay kaayo ko og dako kay duna pay 154 completers aron kaming tanan mo welcome ninyo sa inyong pagbag-o,” said Magallon, who presented the graduates to Patricio.

Patricio then confirmed the graduates for having completed the required treatment and rehabilitation sessions.

Dr. Clarissa Cardona of the Department of Health 7 turned over the graduates to Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Edisa Lendio for their aftercare program.

In the aftercare program, graduates will be given skills training either by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) or by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) so they could easily get a job, said rural health unit (RHU) nurse Gretchen Lastimoso, coordinator of the community-based treatment and rehabilitation program.

The six-month treatment and rehabilitation session include spiritual activities, clean-up drive, one-on-one meeting together with the patients’ family, and physical exercises, said Maria Theresa de los Trico, a nurse deployment program in Alegria, who helped in the program.

Random drug tests of selected patients within the six-month rehabilitation program is also included.

“Kini sila tanan assured na nga negative of illegal drugs in their system,” said de los Trico.

Lastimoso said that out of the 201 enrolees, only 154 completed the session and graduated in the program. This means, 47 of them have either tested positive for drugs during random drug tests while undergoing treatment or did not attend all their sessions. Some of them also returned to using drugs.

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