Thirty-four former drug dependents, who voluntarily underwent the community-based drug rehabilitation and treatment program in their barangays, participated in the team building and fellowship activity at the residence of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo in Barangay Cantil-e, Friday.
The City’s Anti-Drugs Abuse Council, Chaired by Mayor Remollo, has adopted the Matrix Intensive Out-patient Program (MIOP) for drug surrenderees as part of the enhanced campaign against illegal drugs.
Both City DILG Officer Christopher M. Pastor and Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores emphasized the significant role of the barangays in the efforts to identify, rehabilitate and reintegrate drug dependents in their jurisdictions.
The City Government has allocated P 2.6 million for CADAC to strengthen the Local Anti-Drugs Abuse Councils, conduct of anti-drugs clearing operations in the barangays, sustainability of the drugs rehabilitation program or MIOP and anti-drugs education campaign to include public elementary and high schools.
The event is in line with this year’s observance of the Drugs Abuse Prevention Control week and was also attended by officers of the Philippine National Police, Punong Barangays and anti-drugs advocates.
The former drug dependents were given bibles and gift packages courtesy of Mayor Remollo in appreciation of their participation and commitment.