Tuesday Oct, 15 2019 04:34:45 PM

Reforming drug dependents in Malungon bouncing back

Local News • 17:45 PM Wed Jun 19, 2019
John M. Unson
The reforming drug dependents are now ready for reintroduction into mainstream society. (PDEA-12) and PIA-12)

SARANGANI --- Thirty reforming drug dependents have completed livelihood skills training facilitated by the Malungon municipal government and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

The 30 men, hooked before to methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), were beneficiaries of a rehabilitation package extended free by the Balay Silangan Reformation Center in Malungon.

The office of Malungon Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino is the main benefactor of the center.

Naravy Duquiatan, director of PDEA-12 based in General Santos City, said Wednesday the 30 former drug addicts were awarded Monday with certificates for having completed a rehabilitation program meant to hasten their reintegration into the local communities.

Besides the livelihood skills program, they were also provided with basic health awareness, psycho-social and spiritual interventions by experts enlisted by the Malungon local government unit.

The simple graduation rite Monday was capped off with PDEA-12’s announcement during the event that all 31 barangays in Malungon are now “drug free,” meaning cleared from peddlers and buyers.

Duquiatan said the PDEA-12 is thankful to Constantino for supporting extensively the agency’s anti-narcotics campaign in Malungon.

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