The 24 sessions run for four to six months where PWUDs were assisted by police officers, social workers, nurses, faith-based volunteers like pastors, and other trained volunteers during their sessions.
Lopez said the CBRP was introduced to Sarangani by the Department of Interior and Local Government through the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
A CBRP was conducted in 2018 where Malapatan was the first municipality to have completed the program in December with 523 completers, and then followed by Alabel which started in September.
The Alabel culmination ceremony was also attended by guests coming from the Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and local officials, who also gave their messages to the PWUDs.
“Let us continue to partner in the anti-drug advocacy. Let us effectively raise awareness in educating our fellow constituents against the ill-effects of dangerous drugs. It is a challenge for you na huwag na nating ulitin ang ating dating buhay,” PDEA Regional Director Naravy Duquiatan said.
Jan Cuizon, 39, from Barangay Pag-Asa, who was a drug user for almost 17 years, and now one of the completers of CBRP, expressed his gratitude to all the people behind CBRP who helped them transform their lives.
v“Di na gyud ko mubalik atong kinabuhia kay gubot kaayo ang kinabuhi ilalom sa droga. Karon hapsay na ang panghuna-huna, malinawon na ang pagpuyo. Ako pod gina-awhag ang uban nga wa pa musurrender nga musurrender na samtang may panahon pa. May pag-asa sa atong gobyerno,” Cuizon said.
Lopez said these completers are now eligible for after-care service where they will be given livelihood opportunities through TESDA to start their new lives.
“It is not the end. It is just part of the program, then we will move na sa second stage which is livelihood, for them to be productive again,” Lopez said. (Jori Mae Samillano /SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)