MATI, Davao Oriental– The Davao Oriental Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Padac) has declared four more barangays as drug-cleared communities.
This developed after Padac, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the municipal governments and the barangays strongly collaborated to make Sibahay and San Jose in Boston town, Campawan in Baganga town, and San Antonio in Caraga town, as drug-cleared.
Karen Lou Deloso, provincial information officer, said the four villages are the second batch areas declared as drug-cleared. The first were two villages in Tarragona town. According to Deloso, there are 14 drug reformists from Sibahay, 35 in San Jose, 8 in Campawan, and 17 in San Antonio, who vowed their full cooperation to the province’s fight against illegal drugs.
Deloso said the drug reformists will undergo a rehabilitation program called the Lihok NLD (NagkakaisangLingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental) initiated by the provincial
government. Under Lihuk NLD, government agencies pool their resources to implement programs for the reformists.
These are holistic interventions and assistance from livelihood, trainings, and psychological treatment such as the after care, transformation, and reintegration support.
The reformists can even be the mouth piece of the government in its campaign against drugs. They can also raise awareness on the ills of drugs and entice their peers who are still into drugs to surrender to the authorities.
Deloso said the government will also monitor reformists undertaking Community-Based Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation through a random drug testing. PNA
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