CITY OF BUTUAN – Some 136 former illegal drug addicts from Barangay Doongan, Butuan City, completed the 24-day Community Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP) on Saturday.
The CBDRP was facilitated by the Butuan City Anti-Drug Council and Doongan Barangay Government with support from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police.
At the graduation ceremony, Doongan Barangay Captain Gilberto Enriquez said around 400 people involved in illegal drugs in their barangay have turned themselves in to authorities since 2016.
“Unfortunately, after their surrender, some reverted to illegal drugs, which resulted in their arrest while others were killed,” Enriquez said.
More than 100 addicts are expected to join the next batch of CBDRP scheduled for March this year, he added.
“Doongan barangay officials are hopeful that these former drug addicts will completely renew their lives,” Enriquez said.
He added that CBDPR graduates are also qualified to join the livelihood and skills training that will be delivered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with the Doongan Barangay Government.
Among the CBDRP graduates was Alvin Sanchez, who was also elected president of their class.
“I quit illegal drug use after realizing its detrimental effects on myself, my family and their future,” Sanchez said in his message during the program.
He is grateful to the government for the programs and opportunities offered to illegal drug users who want to change their lives.
“I will never go back to using illegal drugs. My focus now is on my job as a driver and on my family,” Sanchez said.
He added that he will participate in the livelihood and skills training that will be facilitated by TESDA in their barangay.
Enriquez said they are still finalizing the dates for the livelihoods and skills training for former illegal drug addicts in Doongan. (NAP)