CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Drug suspects who voluntarily submitted themselves to authorities under “Oplan Tokhang” now have a sanctuary for recovery in their respective villages as the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon launched the community-based recovery and wellness program.

Philippine National Police Director for Community Relations Group Chief Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia and PRO-Central Luzon Director Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus spearheaded the cascading of the Recovery and Wellness Program among local police stations in the region during the ceremonial launching held Monday.

Corpus said the community-based recovery and wellness program is expected to lessen anonymity and emphasize more on creating support networks for individuals who wants to recover from drug addiction.

He added that the program is a manifestation of PNP’s continuous support in the rehabilitation and reformation of drug suspects who participated in the administration’s flagship program against illegal drugs.

“This program of the PNP is a clear manifestation that indeed we value and respect the lives of every individual as we help assist and facilitate the complete recovery of these drug dependents in order for them to rejoin and rebuild their lives in the community,” he said.

Corpus also said the PRO-Central Luzon is partnering with local anti-drug abuse councils to ensure the successful implementation of program in the grassroots level.

“We are working closely in partnership with the different anti-drug abuse councils down to the barangay anti-drug abuse councils since drug rehabilitation and treatment requires a holistic follow-on recovery program to prevent relapse,” Corpus said.