BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — Two hundred thirty-five drug abuse surrenderers in Malay town including those from Boracay Island will undergo a six-month community-based rehabilitation program (CBRP).
The program dubbed “Reporma Kasimanwa” will officially start on August 6, according to Chief Inspector Mark Evan Salvo, chief of Malay Police Station during the orientation for the program on Wednesday.
The orientation was attended by the drug surrenderers and members of the Malay Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC).
During the community-based rehab, surrenderers will undergo series of coaching and therapeutic sessions to provide them with tools and confidence to participate back in the community, Salvo said in an interview.
The 235 participants were those who surrendered since the implementation of “Oplan Tokhang” in June of last year up to present.
Of the 235, 144 are from the three villages of Boracay. Of the number, there are only two women.
Mark Delos Reyes, Local Government Operations Officer of the Department of Interior and Local Government Unit of Malay, likewise said during the orientation, that the rehabilitation program will focus on improving the physical, mental, spiritual and total health of the surrenderers.
For surrenderers to return to a “healthy life,” Reyes encouraged them “to look for opportunities to make improvement in their lives.”
Meanwhile, Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling said he is supportive of the anti-drug campaign of the government.
The mayor said the Local Government Unit of Malay has allocated PHP2 million for MADAC and its programs.
Cawaling also encouraged the community to give chance for drug surrenderers who wanted change.
One drug surrenderer, who refused to be named, lauded the anti-drug drug campaign of the current administration.
“I am happy that I was able to regain my life back, especially for my family,” he said.
The surrenderer who works as a tattoo artist in Boracay said he used shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride for almost three years and has stopped since he surrendered six months ago.
(Karen V. Bermejo/PNA)