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Social welfare dept to help reintegrate drug dependents into society

MANILA — A Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) official has expressed the department's commitment to help drug users and pushers who have surrendered to rehabilitate themselves and return to the fold of society as active members.
DSWD Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa said Thursday they are leading the third pillar of the Duterte administration's National Drug Rehabilitation Program, which is the aftercare, reintegration and transformation support for recovering drug dependents. The program's first pillar is the center-based rehabilitation program, and the second is the community-based rehabilitation.
Under the third pillar, the DSWD will provide drug dependents and their families a wide array of aftercare services to hasten their rehabilitation and reintegration into society. This will be done through the department's Cash for Work (CFW) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Templa said, adding that they are targeting 41,708 drug surrenders for 2017.
Templa further said that since the DSWD is also part of the second pillar or the community-based rehabilitation, it has been consulting different civil society organizations and faith-based organizations and coordinating with local government units (LGUs) to help recovering drug surrenderers. The DSWD is currently working with the Cebu-based Dilaab Foundation, Inc., and with the Ugnayan ng Barangay at mga Simbahan (UBAS)-Cebu to discuss and identify possible areas of collaboration.
Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo has emphasized the need to strengthen family and community relationships to provide a support system when rehabilitated drug dependents are once again mainstreamed into society.
"The family provides the most solid support to former drug dependents. It is important that they carry the proper values in order for them to guide their loved ones who went astray," Taguiwalo said.
During the meeting, Templa discussed the importance of having community-based programs on drug rehabilitation to help former drug users and pushers to start their lives anew.
She also mentioned the steps undertaken by the DSWD to assist drug surrenderers, as well as its planned actions to strengthen and broaden its programs.
Dilaab Foundation head, Father Carmelo Diola, meanwhile shared Dilaab's church-based program for drug surrenderers in their community, which is dubbed as "Labang" or "Lahat Bangon". Labang is a program developed by the foundation and the members of the UBAS-Cebu to help drug surrenderers.
Launched last November, it involves a six-month intervention program that starts with the orientation phase, during which a person's level of addiction is assessed; and followed by psycho-social and spiritual capability building, vocational capability building, and the reintegration phase. Those who undergo the program are called "Labangers".
Templa also met with "Labangers" and their families during a reflection and sharing session held in Subangdaku Garden, Mandaue City. (PNA)

Last Modified: 2021-Oct-18 21.17.24 UTC+0800