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BAGION CITY – A total of 100 PWUDS (Person Who Used Drugs) participants from different police stations in Baguio City joined the Launching and Kick-off program of Rehabilitation of PWUDS at BENECO, South Drive last September 30.
The Baguio City Police Office headed by City Director Police Colonel Allen Rae Co encouraged the drug surrenderees in his opening remarks saying “Our task is to protect young people, and you surrenderees, your willingness for change will be a great factor in this program,” Co said.
The launching was attended by the station commanders from stations 1 to 10 and their PCAD officers, the City Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Ms. Betty Fangasan, representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Education, media representatives from PTV-COR, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine News Agency, and community faith-based organizations, with 38 facilitators from Bless Our Cops headed by Pastor Vio Muncada, International Movement and Partnerships for Change and Transformation (IMPACT) headed by Pastor Ricardo Bagalawis, Simula sa Pagbabago (SIPAG) headed by Pastor Marlon De Vera and Uplife Movement headed by Pastora Rowena Oraja, among others, which helped throughout the development of the Rehabilitation Program.
The Regional Director of PROCOR, Police Brigadier General Israel Ephraim Dickson, also reported that all Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) members are monitoring all drug surrenders to check on their sincerity in their rehabilitation program and initiate counter measures against those who refuse to undergo the mandatory government-initiated programs. “We cannot do these by our own, we need the help of each and everyone,”, Dickson added.
The Rehabilitation Program is intended for surrendered drug dependents under Project Tokhang to rejoin and rebuild their life in the community by undergoing classes and modules regarding moral and spiritual upliftment, health and wellness, psycho-social support, civic/community activities and skills training enhancement.