City, Sonshine initiate anti-drug abuse training PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 October 2010 14:12

Intended to equip people with basic techniques in evaluating and counseling individuals with drug related problems in the community, the city government and the Sonshine Drug Abuse Intervention, Inc. (SDAICI) initiated recently an outpatient treatment program (OPTP) for drug abuse seminar for barangay officials and health workers.

The 2-day training was the first of a series for different sectors in the city and is part of a scheme to establish a system of outpatient clinics working together to provide counseling services and other treatment strategies for many families of substance abusers as an alternative to inpatient rehabilitation.

Some 50 barangay barangay councilmen and health workers attended the training which was done in coordination with the Department of Health Center for Health Development and held from Oct. 1-2 at the Skypark Hotel.

Mayor Celso Lobregat in a message read for him by Executive Assistant Mario Roca thanked the Sonshine Drug Abuse Intervention Center under Dr. Gloria Florendo for spearheading the training stressing that “it’s about time that we involve our barangay workers in providing counseling to those directly or indirectly affected by drug addiction. After all we all belong to the same community threatened by this menace”.

He emphasized that addiction to illegal drugs continues to be a major concern for society and the concern grows with every passing year. “The police and other law enforcement agencies have stepped up their campaign against illegal drugs, but rarely do they succeed mainly because of the so-called politics and economics of the illegal drug trade. In the mean time, addiction continues to create so much anxiety and problems within the affected family, within the affected barangay and within the affected community”.

Councilor Abdurahman Nuno, Liga ng mga Barangay President who also graced the activity assured his all out support to all plans and programs of the Sonshine Center on anti-drug abuse. “ I assure you that whatever plan and activity that will come up with this training, just let me know and I will give my full support in the best of my ability and with the help of the Association of Barangay Council.”

The participants gave positive and appreciative remarks and comments at the end of the training program.  Many of the participants commented that the seminar was very informative and timely given the current drug situation in the city.

SDAICI Board Member Atty. Rhett Julius Plagata led the opening prayer while DOH-9 Medical Specialist Dr. Agnes Mabolo gave the welcome remarks during the opening program. 

Main speaker during the training was Dr. Ernesto Florendo, SDTRC Director for Therapeutic Program assisted by the SONShine Staff  Sunshine M. Aguilar, Overall Coordinator; Edgardo Gabriel Francisco, Assistant Coordinator, Raquel Francisco, Social Worker, Desiree Sinoy, Aldrin Fiel, Terence John Francisco, Bernard John Gregorio and Timothy James Saplad, Staff Counselors.

The second seminar is scheduled for November 19 and 20, 2010 with prospective OPTP counselors as participants. A similar training was held for counselors of schools and other agencies last August 28 and 29 last year.

By Sheila Covarrubias with reports from Sonshine Aguilar