The National ADAC Performance Award recognizes the exemplary efforts of local government units, through their respective ADACs, “in complementing the national government’s efforts in eradicating the country’s illegal drug problem.”
Lizette Lopez of the PADAC secretariat said aside from complying with all the documents that the DILG required, one of the notable efforts that might have steered Sarangani to obtain the award was accepting the challenge to be among the four pilot sites in the country to replicate the “Balay Silangan” reformation program of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
“Balay Silangan” is a program which provides temporary shelters and rehabilitates surrendered PWUDs (Persons Who Use Drugs).
“Grabe ang efforts natin sa pag-functionalize sa local government units lalo na sa CBRP (Community-Based Rehabilitation Program)” which Sarangani adopted to address the need on eliminating the use and abuse of illegal substances.
“Mahirap na trabaho but now we have 700 plus volunteers doing the community-based rehab.”
In Sarangani, Lopez said all PWUDs under low and medium level are referred to the CBRP while those assessed under high level will be referred to the rehab center.
Sarangani hosts a 150-bed capacity China-funded drug rehabilitation facility, the first rehab center in Soccsksargen region which covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani and the cities of General Santos and Cotabato.
Sarangani previously had more than 7,000 surrendered PWUDs but Lopez said the number reduced to 5,654 after data cleansing last October due to “double entries, ang iba nasa provincial jail na, mga namatay at nag-transfer ng residence.”
“Ang magandang nangyari is may napa-graduate na tayo sa CBRP,” Lopez said. She however pointed out it would be more meaningful for those “nag-underwent ng totoong rehab for 3 to 4 months sa CBRP.”
Currently, Sarangani was able to graduate at least 18 percent of its surrendered PWUDs, Lopez said, and expected to stage a mass graduation in March. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)