AS PART of their efforts to be cleared of illegal drugs, 130 “drug warriors” or surrenderers in Brgy. Subangdaku, Mandaue City are expected to graduate from the community rehabilitation program in August 2021.
On July 23, the “drug warriors” attended the healing program of the Oasis of Love as part of its rehabilitation program to recover from drug dependency.
In an interview, Brgy. Subangdaku chieftain Ernie Manatad said since the start of the war against illegal drugs of the Duterte administration in 2016, they have identified 400 drug dependents in their barangay.
In 2021, Manatad said there are only 200 existing drug dependents in the barangay who have yet to finish their intervention and rehabilitation program.
Of the 200, 150 enrolled themselves in the community rehabilitation program after they revisited them in their houses.
However, only 130 drug warriors are committed to their attendance.
According to Manatad, the drop-outs will be referred to the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and to the recovery clinic of the city.
These drug warriors have to attend three sessions per week and in every session, a drug test will be conducted, said Manatad.
This way, the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Badac) and the PDEA will determine if they are committed to completing the intervention program and if they no longer use illegal drugs.
Even after they graduate from the rehabilitation program, Manatad said the drug warriors are still expected to undergo the after-care program which includes the random drug test and livelihood assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
He said they are also coordinating with the business establishments in the city to allow and provide employment to the drug warriors.
Brgy. Subagdaku has 56 drug warrior graduates who now serve at the barangay hall. (KFD)