THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has institutionalized a program to strengthen the rehabilitation of inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDL).
BJMP chief Director Deogracias Tapayan said the rehab program “Katatagan Kontra Droga sa Komunidad (KKDK)” is a community-based psycho-education intervention designed for persons with substance use disorder (PSUD).
PSUD comprise a significant bulk of the jail population nationwide at 100,297.
Adapted from the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), Tapayan said the program is a firm support to the national government’s anti-illegal drug campaign.
“It is our commitment to enhance our institution-based rehab program among our PDL. We make sure that the program is responsive and appropriate with the needs of our clients,”Tapayan explained.
KKDK is being used as the main intervention program under the BJMP’s aftercare services which aims to prepare PDL with substance use disorder for their successful return to the community.
Under the KKDK program, PDL are taught to handle life difficulties without resorting to drug use.
In the last quarter of 2017, the BJMP started the pilot testing of the modular intervention program to selected “low to mild risk” PDL drug users in Pagbilao District Jail and Marilao Municipal Jail.
After the success of KKDK initial test and comprehensive training of facilitators, the BJMP has firmed up a schedule of the simultaneous conduct of the modular program to 80 PDL from facilities such as Makati City Jail, Marikina City Jail, Olongapo City Jail, Quezon District Jail and Gumaca District Jail.
Recently, 17 PDL from Marikina City Jail graduated from the program while 19 others from Olongapo District Jail are set to finish the same program on October 23.