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Issue of August 6, 2017
     
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Drug surrenderees in Bauko get help
by Alpine L. Killa

BAUKO, Mountain Province – Drug surrenderers in this municipality are now starting a new life away from illegal drugs.

The municipal government has entered a memorandum of agreement with the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) for the use of the college’s facility in Barangay Ba-ang to open a community-based drug rehabilitation center.

Municipal Consultant Paulo P. Pagteilan said almost P1.5 million was sourced out for the operation of the rehabilitation center, which started in November 2016.

Of the 178 total of drug surrenderers, 58 underwent rehabilitation from November 2016 to January 2017. However, only 55 graduated from the program as three surrenders still tested positive during the final drug test conducted by the Department of Health.

Pagteilan added that the second batch composed of 48 drug surrenderers were enrolled in the program in April this year and are expected to graduate in August.

He said the program is implemented in partnership with the DOH, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Technical Education Skills Development Authority, Dangerous Drugs Board, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the religious sector.

To complement the program, Mayor Abraham B. Akilit has created a team comprising of representatives from his office, the rural health unit, and Bauko Municipal Police Station for the conduct of information education campaign to 14 high schools in the municipality.

“The youth are the most vulnerable sector to illegal drugs. There is a need to enrich their awareness on the ill effects of drug abuse,” Pagteilan said.

Pagteilan said the activity received a positive as the students pledged to stay away and say no to drugs.

He added that the municipal government plans to conduct the same IEC to the different barangays of the municipality.

 
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