27 former drug users in Consolacion complete rehabilitation

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TWENTY-SEVEN people who have abandoned their drug habit completed their rehabilitation program and were recognized for their efforts to live a clean life on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

These drug surrenderers from different barangays in Consolacion town, northern Cebu, were feted during the moving-up ceremony organized by the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Madac).

Abelardo “Abby” Banuag, Madac focal person and consultant, told SunStar Cebu on Saturday, July 16, that the moving-up ceremony is the final step in Consolacion’s community-based rehabilitation program (CBRP).

The ceremony that took place at Barangay Jugan gym was led by Banuag, Municipal Councilor Fred Herrera and Consolacion Mayor Teresa “Nene” Alegado.

Twenty-five of the drug surrenderers are from Barangay Cansaga and the other two are from Barangay Jugan.

Under the CBRP, Banuag said the surrenderers undergo psychological and psychosocial services, spiritual healing, and holistic and recreational rehabilitation for six months. Some of the surrenderers included those who were freed by courts after the granting of a plea bargain agreement. In criminal law, plea bargain is an agreement whereby the prosecutors provide concession to the defendant in exchange for a guilty plea.

After completing CBRP, the surrenderers have the option to either continue their education by enrolling in the Alternative Learning System or undergo skills training to help them find a job. Banuag said they would personally endorse them to their partner companies to assist them for their possible employment.

The CBRP in Consolacion started in 2019. Since then, about 241 drug surrenderers have completed the program.

Banuag said the CBRP and the Consolacion Municipal Government aim to help the drug surrenderers abandon illegal drugs and assist them in their reintegration to the society.

In her speech during the commencement program, Mayor Alegado urged all the town’s drug personalities not to be afraid but cooperate with the authorities for their own good and asked them to avail themselves of the program.

“We do not stop now. I believe there are still some of our people who need help. Let us invite them and bring them a new life,” said Alegado.

The event was also attended by Lt. Col. Danilo Colipano of the Consolacion Police Station, Johnna C. Mirador, Assistant Provincial Officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Central Visayas, and other municipal officials.

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