In response to the strengthened campaign against illegal drugs in the country, 333 respondents from 10 barangays of Clarin, Misamis Occidental completed the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) and were officially recognized during the Moving Up Program held on September 22, 2017 at the Municipal Gym of the said municipality.
Involved 10 barangays are namely: Cabunga-an, Dalingap, Guba, Kanibungan Daku, Kinangay Norte, Masabud, Mialen, Poblacion II, Poblacion III, and Sebasi.
“We consider this event as memorable and ultimately purposive for all our CBRP graduates,” expressed DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe. “This is an opportunity for you to venture into a new and better life. Further, this would remind you to leave your dreadful undertakings before.”
The Regional Director likened the experience of the respondents under the CBRP to a seed being planted, saying that he looks forward for these seeds to grow into trees—sturdy and strong—and in the case of the respondents, invulnerable to the temptations of returning to illegal drugs again.
“Our local government units, together with the barangay health workers and involved government agencies, will be with us in monitoring and ensuring that a relapse would not occur in your case,” Agabe said. He added that a respondent’s family has also a crucial role in this goal underscoring the importance of their continuous support in combating drug-dependence of a family member, especially after undergoing the rehabilitation.
According to him, the government will offer an aftercare to extend support to drug respondents even after the CBRP.
Moreover, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 10 Regional Director Adrian Alvarino identified that CBRP is one of the ways to achieve drug-free barangays as this would decrease drug users in the Municipality of Clarin.
“You are recovering addicts—ibig sabihin, you have to live one day at a time; masusurvive nyo dapat na walang illegal na droga in one day,” said Alvarino. He challenged the drug respondents to overcome this trial as he encouraged them not to waste the opportunity, time and effort granted to them.
With more than 82,000 drug surrenderees in Region 10, RD Agabe said that these surge of numbers of respondents was unexpected. In response to this, DILG initiated Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamaang Ayaw sa Ilegal na Droga (MASA MASID) Program and CBRP is just one of its strategies. This is envisioned to institutionalize volunteerism by uniting different organizations toward the same mission of putting an end to illegal drugs, including criminality and corruption.