Three years after the Duterte administration launched the massive anti-illegal drugs campaign some 178,353 drug surrenderers nationwide have already turned a new leaf as they have completed the community-based drug rehabilitation program (CBDRP), according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“Dahil sa pagmamalasakit at pag-alalay ng pamahalaan, marami na ang nagbagong buhay at tumalikod sa iligal na droga sa pamamagitan ng CBDRP,” says DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.
Año explains that under the CBDRP, drug surrenderers who were assessed to have mild to moderate drug affectation are provided with interventions such as psychosocial support, recovery skills, psychoeducation, relapse prevention skills, life skills, family intervention, case management, counselling, education/employment support, among others.
“Walang ibang hangad ang pamahalaan kundi mabigyan ng panibagong pagkakataon sa buhay ang mga nalulong sa droga na gustong magbago,” he says.
On average, nine out of 10 drug surrenderers have mild cases of drug affectation and they are provided with immediate intervention through the CBDRP while those severely affected are sent to a drug treatment facility.
The DILG Chief says that of the 178,353 drug surrenderers, CALABARZON tops the list with 38,973 CBDRP graduates from 99 municipalities and 11,870 graduates from 19 cities.
This is followed by Region VII with 22,938 CBDRP graduates from 90 municipalities and 1,633 graduates from 9 cities.
On the third rank is Region I with 19,999 CBDRP graduates from 98 municipalities and 3,846 graduates from 8 cities.
The DILG is tasked to capacitate all local government units (LGUs) in the creation and functionality of their own CBDRP.
The DILG along with DOH and DSWD handles the demand reduction part while the PDEA and DDB takes care of the supply reduction.
Graduates of CBDRP are issued drug clearance by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Help anti-illegal drugs campaign
Meanwhile, DILG Undersecretary Ricojudge Janvier M. Echiverri urges Vice President Leni Robredo to help President Duterte in eradicating the Illegal drug problem instead of “throwing shade” on the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign.
“In spite of our significant anti-illegal drugs accomplishments, we need to exert more efforts to finally end the drug menace. Magtulungan na lang po tayo,” says Echiverri.
The DILG Undersecretary made the remarks in reaction to VP Robredo’s pronouncements during an interview as quoted by a foreign news agency.
In the said interview, Reuters quoted her as questioning the effectivity of the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign because of alleged violation of human rights.
He says the DILG is very interested to have a meeting with her to keep her abreast of the DILG’s role in this whole-of-nation approach to put an end to the illegal drugs scourge.
Echiverri, who handles the DILG’s anti-illegal drugs program, says Robredo is welcome to attend the signing of a joint memorandum circular (JMC) by the DILG, Department of Health (DOH) and Dangerous Drugs Board to systematize the monitoring and evaluation of community-based drug rehabilitation program (CBDRP) as one of the strategies to address illegal drugs at the grassroots level.