THE Cebu Provincial Government will tap the community to help some 7,778 drug personalities who surrendered to authorities from July 1 to 10 with the help of groups like the Family And Recovery Management (Farm). The program will be led by the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO).
“Makahatag ni og (This will be a) hopeful program sa pag-address sa (to address) present surrenderees to instill rehabilitation program,” said Carmen Durano-Meca, CPADAO executive director.
Meca yesterday met with PNP Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Noli Taliño, along with private drug rehabilitation administrators, doctors from the Department of Health (DOH), personnel from the government’s Treatment Rehabilitation Center (TRC) in Argao, non-government organizations and Dilaab Foundation of Fr. Carmelo Diola.
One of these organizations is Farm, a private institution that helps drug dependents.
“We will start with a fellowship while designing a comprehensive program,” said Farm officer Alain Aliño.
It was agreed that, at the end of yesterday’s meeting, the CPADAO will have a series of meetings with drug rehabilitation and medical groups to come up with a comprehensive program to address drug abuse problems.
Dr. Fareda Fatima Flores, managing director of Roads and Bridges to Recovery, said her group will provide education, training and design the comprehensive program.
The group also agreed, as the current standard enforced by the PNP, that all those who surrendered will be screened, separating those with arrest warrants from those who have no pending cases.
Those who remain will again undergo screening, to identify those that need in-house rehabilitation and those who are qualified as out-patients.
Senior Supt. Clifford Gairanod, in his presentation during the meeting, showed that the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) from January to the present conducted 703 drug operations and arrested 1,184 drug personalities.
The figure is small compared to those who surrendered under the PNP’s Operation Tokhang, which convinced drug personalities to surrender—some 1,117 drug pushers; 6,650 drug users; and 11 others maintaining drug dens—in just 10 days.
Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, in an earlier interview, admitted the need to have a facility to accommodate the surge of drug suspects surrendering to authorities.
Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong had asked the City Health Office and the City Social Welfare officer to design an outpatient program for those who surrendered.
Farm Group Facilities (FGF), through its Narcotics Anonymous (NA) program, in yesterday’s meeting vowed to replicate its success in their 12 community fellowships in Cebu Province and Cebu City, said Aliño.
“This is the cheapest way for a very complicated problem,” said Farm’s Jimmy Clemente.
Asked what they will do during fellowship, Aliño said they will share their life stories. Aliño was a drug user for 18 years.
Diola, during the meeting, suggested to link the fellowship with Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) since this group already has members in most barangays.
Meca said they will tap the Anti-Drug Abuse Councils in the barangays through the Sugbo Kontra Droga (Sukod) project in every LGU.
Meca said the CPADAO has been getting numerous queries from LGUs regarding drug personalities who surrendered since July, prompting her office and the governor to meet all stakeholders to get various inputs.
She said the CPADAO will meet again next week.