La Trinidad drug surrenderers pursue rehab

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 25 (PIA)--The Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) here is finding ways on how to keep drug surrenderers complete their rehabilitation.


In a meeting of the joint Municipal Peace and Order Council and the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council, MADAC Secretariat Head Noemi Co  presented that there are only a few among the voluntary drug surrenderers in town who are making headway in the rehabilitation process of the government’s anti-drug program.

About 10 percent or some 20 to 25 drug surrenderers continue to attend sessions presently reporting twice a month, based on reports of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).  They are among the 41 voluntary surrenderers who have completed the primary care aspect of the drug rehabilitation program of the municipal government.

Co said there are a total of 239 voluntary drug surrenderers to date including 16 new additions this year.

Maria Lourdes Taguiba, case manager of drug surrenderers under the MSWDO, said of those recorded, only 114 underwent drug dependency examinations for in patient or out-patient rehabilitation but were subsequently reduced to only 41.

The about 20-25 surrenderers who are regularly attending the sessions are  hoped to hold on  for   the remaining nine months to complete the 18-month after care program which is expected to end by January next year, Taguiba added.

To monitor their improvement, the monthly random drug testing is administered, and the four months already undertaken showed negative results, the MSWDO reported.

Medical intervention conducted by the Municipal Health Services Office are Health Risk Lecture on Tuberculosis and Anti- Rabies. There is also group counseling session facilitated by social workers aside from the group counseling sessions which boosts self and social worth facilitated by a psychologists.

Case management includes home visits and preparation of social case study report and progress reports, Taguiba said. (SCA-PIA Benguet)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

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Kabayan Mummies

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Ambuclao Dam

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Rose Gardens

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Mt. Ugo

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Kalugong View Point

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