CEBU City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) head Jonah John Rodriguez, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, said the City’s reformatory center for small-time drug pushers called the “Balay Silangan” will open on Sept. 30, 2021 at the Cebu City Resource Management and Development Center (Cremdec) building in Brgy. Taptap.
Rodriguez said they have listed at least 30 small-time drug pushers who will be enrolled in the Balay Silangan program.
“The Balay Silangan is for small-time pushers who do not have criminal cases and who are on the watch list of the Philippine National Police Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA),” he said.
He said they met them in August 2021 and they also briefed them on the three-month program under Balay Silangan.
Working with Cosap in this initiative are the Department of Manpower Development and Placement, Department of Labor and Employment and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
“We will change their mindset and teach them that money has to be earned and worked for,” he said.
He said modules will still be used while recovery coaches conduct sessions.
The first month of the program will be compulsory stay-in on the part of the drug surrenderers, while the next two months will be for scheduled reporting only to the program, Rodriguez said.
The reformatory center building in Brgy. Taptap is temporary, he said, as they will soon be allocated budget for the actual Balay Silangan building.
“It would still be in Taptap since there is an abandoned building there. We’ve done site inspection thrice with PDEA and Councilor Philip Zafra and they were okay with the location,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez said they have resumed their rehabilitation sessions for community-based drug rehabilitation programs that were temporarily stopped when Cebu City was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine this year.
He also said all of the 80 barangays in the City have their own community-based drug rehab program. (WBS)