Ex-addicts complete rehabilitation program in Cavite and Rizal

Thirty-five former drug addicts finished the community-based drug rehabilitation program of the local government of Bacoor City, Cavite.

From 160 drug surrenderers, only 35 were able to complete the 45-day rehabilitation program.

The 35 graduates have undergone physical and spiritual development trainings and livelihood seminars.

To jump start their new lives, the graduates are given jobs and livelihood starter kits.

Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla said, “They are given certificate of completion and scholarships for TESDA. Some of them are also given jobs.”

Bacoor City also plans to launch a hotline for drug users who want to turn over a new leaf.

Meanwhile, 177 drug surrenderers have completed on Friday an eight-month community treatment and rehab program that began in July 2016 in Tanay, Rizal.

Meanwhile, surrenderers who were not able to finish the rehabilitation will be visited again.

Diosdadao Baquiran of Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council said, “Those who were not able to finish the community based treatment and rehab,  will be visited at their homes by other surrenderers who will be the ones to convince them to undergo the said program.”

The local government of Rizal also vows to provide jobs to the graduates who have also undergone vocational skills as part of the said program.

Tanay Mayor Rex Tanjuatco said, “Sa mga nakatapos naman sa kanilang unit, walang trabaho [ For those who finished the program but don’t have job], we have cash for work. If they have carpentry skills, I.T., we have jobs for them provided by the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development).” — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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