COTABATO CITY – More than 100 former drug dependents are now leading a new life after completing a community-based drug rehabilitation program under the local government of Arakan, North Cotabato on Saturday.
“They are now ready to live normal lives and we are glad they chose to undergo the rehabilitation program of the government,” said Leonardo Reovoca, Arakan municipal information officer, in a statement.
A total of 110 persons who used drugs (PWUDs) and were from the villages of Anapulon, Binoongan, Datu Ladayon, Ganatan, Katipunan, Napalico, Salasang, San Miguel, and Poblacion have completed the recuperation program.
Reovoca said the successful program was made possible with the help of the Municipal and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC), local officials, religious sector, the police, the community, and respective families of the former drug dependents.
“Parents and relatives of PWUDs played major roles in reforming the drug personalities,” said Reovoca, adding that the local government will provide a support mechanism to sustain the rehabilitation of former PWUDs, especially livelihood projects.
“They are now reformed, ready for a new life,” Reovoca said.
In attendance during the program were Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 12 Director Naravy Duquiatan, Department of the Interior and Local Government 12 Director Josephine Cabrido-Leysa, Department of Health 12 Director Dr. Aristides Conception-Tan, Police Regional Office 12 Director Brig. Gen. Eliseo Tam Rasco, Department of Social Welfare and Development Director 12 Bai Sorahayda Taha, and Department of Labor and Employment Region 12 Director Sisinio Cano. (PNA)