Former drug dependents in Malabon numbering 146 were pronounced first batch of fully rehabilitated clients upon completion of the six-month Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP) dubbed PanunumbalikNaten on September 28, 2018 at the city amphitheater.
On invitation of city Mayor Antolin A. Oreta III, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo T. Eleazar graced the ceremonies leading their pledge of commitment Pagtanggap ng Hamon ng Pagbabago.
Eleazar expressed admiration and gratitude that the local government, including the barangay leaders, work hand in hand with the national government’s anti-narcotics campaign. He congratulated the comple-ters of the program and challenged them to keep spirits up towards total reformation.
The event concluded the three-day Barangay Laban sa Droga Seminar Workshop of the local government through the City of Malabon Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CMADAC) with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) along with several religious leaders which was attended by village officials of its 21 barangays from September 26.
Peace, Order and Public Safety, Basic Emergency Response including Disaster Relief, Retrieval, Rescue and Rehabilitation as well as Fire Hazards and Safety Measures were among the topics discussed by Malabon Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) and local Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) lecturers.
The event highlighted the roles of barangay officials, especially on the assessment of illegal drug situation and drug clearing programs at barangay levels.
On official note in behalf of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-National Capital Region (PDEA-NCR), Dir. Arlyn Ramos-Agtayin at the culminating program congratulated Mayor Oreta for a “good job”, referring to the CBDRP implementation and its anti-drug drive.
The Department of Health (DoH) through Dev’t. Mngt. Officer IX Julio Garcia voiced out the agency’s unison that nobody wins in the drug war, thus prevention still being the better alternative.
Oreta’s anti-drug initiative in Malabon continues to level-up with CMADAC carrying out regular drug-use verifications, counseling and home-visitations on drug surrenderees while conducting Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) among students in public schools with the local PNP, under the Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program (FDAPP) on the preventive side.
Meanwhile, some 600 more drug offenders are still subjects of the ongoing PanunumbalikNaten/CBDRP of Malabon which, upon completion, may entitle them technical-vocational scholarships, livelihood trainings or grants from the city government.