Ifugao Reflection Camp prototypes community based drug rehab program

KIANGAN,Ifugao (PIA) - - The provincial government of Ifugao headed by Governor Pedro Mayam – o, in partnership with concerned government agencies is in full support  to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

 

Despite  meager funds, the PLGU spearheaded the establishment of the Ifugao Reflection Camp in Tiger Hill in this historic town  to help the  drug  surrenderers  in the province to have a second chance for a better life and become   active members of their community.

With the support of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Interior and Local Government and other government agencies   and the Anti – Drug Abuse Councils at the barangay, municipal and provincial levels,  the IRC  implements  community- rehabilitation program.

Last April 25, the IRC had its first batch of graduates composed of  109 drug surrenderers who have successfully completed the six months rehab program.  The  recognition ceremony at Kiangan War Memorial Shrine was graced  by   DSWD Assistant Secretaries Lorraine Badoy and Anton Fernandez and Assistant Secretary to the Office of the President Aurora Ignacio. These  109  were among the 575 drug surrenders in the province.

Composed of 92 adults  including  five  women and 17 minors, they completed their 6 days/month  sessions for  six  months in the camp including 3 weeks/month community integration supervised and monitored by the Barangay and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council. The drug surrenderers are called campers when they enter the IRC.

Sessions are provided as the campers  recurrently return to the IRC after each three-week stay in the community,  which is a design based on the requirements of the UNODC Declaration of 2012, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 and the Manual of Operations for Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers of the Department of Health.

It is the IRC’s requirement that only by completing the full cycle of the  Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation System can surrenderers be eligible to join the recognition rite as part of their re-integration to their communities.

Asec Fernandez promised that they will fight tooth and nail so that the practices of the IRC will be adopted as a model for the rehabilitation and treatment of drug surrenders in the country. Daniel B. Codamon HDP/(DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

 

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