BAYBAY CITY- A rehabilitation center will soon to be operational in this city as part of its support to the national government campaign against illegal drugs.
“Our public library building, which is newly constructed and not yet utilized as library, will serve as day rehab for the next six months starting October 1” City Mayor Carmen Cari.
Cari said that the treatment will last for six months where those who surrendered will be given assignments, lessons, seminars, and counseling and be given food for the next six months.
The personnel from the City Health Office and the City Social Welfare and Development Office underwent training in Saving Lives on a Common ground (SALAG), a rehabilitation and treatment center in Dulag, Leyte, for two weeks to replicate their program, the city mayor added.
However, Cari informed that out of the 2,000 drug dependents, pushers and couriers who surrendered to city police, only 10 percent of the total number will be accommodated at the drug rehabilitation center.
“Our local government unit cannot accommodate them all because it entails a large expense thus only a number of surrenderees will be accommodated” she said.
Cari is hopeful that with the Rural Health Unit chief Dr.Norberto Oja and the city DSWD taking charge of the program, they could achieve their goal in making former drug dependents become more productive. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)