THE Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (Cadac) said that out of the 10,708 reported drug surrenderers during the Oplan Tokhang (knock and plead) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), only 3,900 have enrolled themselves in the Community-Based Rehabilitation and After Care Program.

Ronald Rivera, program director of the Enhanced Alternative Learning System, said the number of enrollees does not mean that they were all able to finish the whole program as some might have dropped out.

Should they dropped out from the rehabilitation process or did not enroll in the program, they will be back to the drug list and it will be up to the police.

"We're telling the police na pag drop-out na siya, meaning wala na siyang service agreement sa amin. Nag-null and void na ang service agreement so kung mahuli siya and nag-positive siya sa mag police, we cannot do anything about it anymore," Rivera said.

To further encourage drug personalities to subject themselves in the rehabilitation program, he said that an incentivize approach must be implemented to fuel the drug reformists to regularly attend every session in their respective communities.

He cited that the challenges they encounter in the implementation of the program is the lack of political will of some barangay officials to push for it.

Meanwhile, aside from the barangay engagement, Cadac also partnered with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) such as the University of Immaculate Concepcion (UIC) in facilitating and rehabilitating drug dependents toward a reformed life away from illegal substance program called UIC's Kaduyog, Sagup Kinabuhi.

The program graduated about 30 drug reformists and now having their after-care phase. They are also helping new 20 enrollees.

Their class is held every Sunday. They are being taught recovery skills, understanding addiction, how do you prevent getting addicted. It is a holistic approach through the activities involving physiological, psychological, spiritual, and economic productivity.