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200 drug surrenderers in Cagayan to undergo community-based rehab

CAGAYAN, Philippines- At least 200 illegal drug surrenderrers here are expected to undergo community-based rehabilitation program to be supervised by the Iguig town’s police in this province.

Police Senior Insp. Jeorge Jacob, acting chief of police, said the community-based rehab program is their response to the number of illegal drug surrenderers uncovered through the implementation of ‘Oplan Tokhang’.

“We saw the willingness of these drug surrenderers to be rehabilitated and reintegrated in the community,” Jacob said, adding that this initiative will not only help the surenderers but their families as well.

He said under the program, various interventions and regular rehabilitation sessions will be provided for the surrenderers in partnership with various government agencies.

“Like any other stations, we also aim to meet all the requirements set by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for us to be declared drug-free municipality,” the acting police chief said.

Jacob urged members of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADAC) here and other stakeholders to help them in their campaign against illegal drugs trade and help drug users break free from drug dependence and be fully reintegrated in the society with the needed skills for them to be productive members of the community.

Based on the recent report of the PDEA, still no barangay in this province is declared drug-free based on the parameters released by the Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) on March 2017.

PDEA clarified that those barangays declared as drug-free in Cagayan were only initiatives of the different chiefs of police. Gene Baquiran/PIA/Northernforum.net

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