26 drug users up for rehab

THE Davao City Parole and Probation Administration has already recommended, through a court order, a total of 26 drug dependents who voluntarily submitted themselves for rehabilitation within this year.

Davao City Parole and Probation Office 1 Administrator Amites Butiong said that as the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) representative certification was renewed this year for the parole and probation officers, many petitions filed by individuals for voluntary submission to rehabilitation center were already granted by court.

Butiong said that as provided by the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, drug dependents may file a verified application to the Dangerous Drugs Board for voluntary requirement for treatment and rehabilitation.

Upon receipt of the verified application for voluntary confinement, the DDB shall order the application for examination of drug dependency by a Department of Health Accredited Official.

“After the filing of the petition, they will sign it and they will submit their drug test and drug dependency examination results,” she said.

She also added that the only authorized person in the whole of Davao Region to conduct these test is Dr. Gene Gulanes of the Department of Health.

She also said that case studies were prepared by the social workers for the background of persons who applied for the voluntary commitment.

“Once we have the complete background we file the petition for the voluntary submission before the court,” Butiong said.

Butiong said that among the task they do as DDB representative is to appear and represent the board during the hearing of the petition.

Butiong said that it is only in 2016 that they are back on track in their involvement in the processing of the approval of petition for voluntary submission in courts.

She said that they had been assigned as representatives by DDB back in 2010 to 2011, but their operation temporarily ceased after their certification was not renewed for years.

Back in 2011 Butiong said that they were able to help grant petition for a total of 70 drug dependents.

Meanwhile, Butiong added that the proposed establishment of additional rehabilitation centers within the city is a very welcome move.

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