Widest drug rehab program now underway — DSWD PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 August 2016 14:29



A national drug rehabilitation program is underway to address the needs of the mass of drug surenderees in the country, an official from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shared recently.

Flordeliza Nicanor, Social Welfare Officer IV of DSWD region 9 said that by the end of August, the National Rehabilitation Program (NRP) will be launched at the national level, and will immediately be cascaded in all regions.

Currently, the DSWD has a center in Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte that caters to children in conflict with the law (CICLs), including young drug dependents. However, Nicanor stated that the agency did not expect the number of drug surenderees to balloon in this magnitude.

“We are alarmed by this social epidemic concern,” Nicanor said. “We already have programs, but we need to add more to cater to the magnitude of this concern.”

Nicanor explained that the first step in the program would be to come up with the profile of the would-be beneficiaries of the rehab program. “We have to know who they are, where they are from first.”

To be able to implement the program, the DSWD will be working with other line agencies including the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd) and others.

“As for us, we will need to wait for a master list of clients so we can proceed with the program,” Nicanor said.

“Our over-arching objective is to treat them, mainstream them back into society as productive citizens,” she added. (ALT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)