A COMMITTEE hearing on the utilization of the National Service Training Program (NSTP)/National Service Reserve Corps (NSRC) and Community Based Rehabilitation and After Care Program (CBRAP) of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) transpired last September 7 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Violet Conference Room, third floor of the Davao City Council. It began with the call to order and approval of the agenda by Hon. Pilar Braga–Chairperson of Education Committee Davao City Council.
The opening statement was given by Dr. Michael Denton Aportadera of then Action Officer of City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) who expressed his heartfelt thanks to the various Higher Educational Institutions HEIs overwhelming initiative in Support of “Tabangan Atong Reformists Aron Naay Asenso” (Tara Na)–CBRAP.
Aportadera ended his speech by encouraging everyone to support drug reformists live a better life and that the government cannot do this alone. Hence, he encourages everyone to open their hearts and mind that there is hope for drug reformists.
Connie Domag, Cadac Research head, also has shared details about the CBRAP intervention update and its incoming manual of procedure that addresses the needs of the drug reformists, which is soon to be launched in November 2017. She has also presented figures of voluntary surrenderers population from July 1 to August 30, 2017 in Davao City.
Ronaldo Rivera, program director of Tara Na, gave an overview on the role of the NSTP/NSRC as defined in the Tara Na CBRAP. He also added that if there would be no continuing engagement to monitor drug reformists, relapse can possibly happen. Thus, he encourages the Academe to continually commit to Cadac’s Tara Na program to help reduce the risk of relapse.
Brigadier General Leoncio Cirunay, Jr., Regional Director of Office of the Civil Defense, and Emmanuel Jaldon, Officer-In-Charge of 911, was also present to share about their programs on drug addiction prevention.
While Dr. Corazon Mamon-Umblero, NSTP/NSRC/Community Extension Director, shared University of Immaculate Conception’s initiative to help drug reformists with its implementation of Community Based Rehabilitation Program, in collaboration with the Cadac.
The HEIs attendees were from the Ateneo de Davao University, Brokenshire College, Davao Central College, Davao Doctors College, Davao Medical School Foundation, Holy Cross of Mintal, Philippine Women’s College, Rizal Memorial College, San Pedro College, St. Peter’s Toril, University of Immaculate Conception, University of the Philippines Mindanao and University of Southeastern Philippines.
The committee hearing ended successfully, as the questions of the participants during the open forum were answered and clarified. The HEIs views relative to the implementing guidelines and procedures for the utilization of the NSTP/NSRC in community-based rehabilitation program were heard and said to be for further discussions.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 12, 2017.
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