A TOTAL of 16,000 drug surrenderers have been recorded by Compostela Valley Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Padac), an official said.
"The drug surrenderees will be admitted to our pilot community drug rehabilitation program," Padac Action Officer Mario Angelo Sotto said in an interview with SunStar Davao Sunday.
The pilot program dubbed as "Oplan Liwanag" that started November 2016 is a community-based drug intervention program for voluntary surrenderers in the province.
"Sa karon, naa tay 778 drug surrenderees na currently naga undergo sa atong first roll-out (There are 778 drug surrenderers that belong to our first roll-out)," he said.
The first roll-out is composed of the surrenderers admitted in several pilot programs by the Provincial Government.
More than 1,000 facilitators have been tapped by the provincial government. "The facilitators come from different sectors both government and non-government. Aside from the local officers, pastors, priests and Islamic teachers help hand-in-hand with us," Sotto said.
He said they intend to complete the rehabilitation of the 16,000 drug surrenderees in one to two years time.
In June 2017, another 3,300 surrenderers in Compostella Valley will undergo the community drug rehabilitation program.