14 Mandaue inmates complete drug rehabilitation program

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FOURTEEN inmates at the Mandaue City Jail (MCJ) Male Dormitory have graduated from its drug recovery program.

The primary goal of the community-based drug rehabilitation program, dubbed Katatagan, Kalusugan at Damayan ng Komunidad (KKDK), was to reintegrate the persons deprived of liberty (PDL) into the community and to help them understand the negative effects of drugs on themselves and their families, Jail Supt. Jonathan Baltar, head of the MCJ-Male Dormitory, told reporters on Friday, July 22, 2022.

The ceremony for the program’s graduates was held last Wednesday, July 20.

Baltar said the PDL voluntarily joined the program, and they underwent 18 modules for at least six months that focused on psychological and emotional coping.

Activities also included drug counseling intervention and teaching the PDL positive coping, problem-solving and decision-making skills with trained coaches.

The KKDK was started by the private sector in 2019, and this was later endorsed by the Dangerous Drugs Board as a model for local government units.

Baltar said the MCJ adopted the program just this year, with the 14 PDL as its first graduates.

He added that the graduates were supposed to undergo six more modules with their respective family members concerning drug awareness and model effective communication skills, but it was canceled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

After graduation, these PDLs will be given a completion certificate. They will also be recommended for a job once they get out of prison.

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