The RDP participants are the graduates of the six-month community-based rehabilitation program of the Ifugao Reflection Camp (IRC) based at Tiger Hill, Baguinge in Kiangan which is managed by the Provincial Anti-drug Abuse Council with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) as the lead agency.
IRC is a half-way house that enables drug surrenderers to engage in a community-based rehabilitation program. It also provides after-care services that would help them recover and eventually return to their families and communities.
PSWD Officer Joseline Niwane explained that the province has developed an 18-month menu wherein every month RDPs are mandated to conduct a particular activity that would lead to their full recovery after the program.
She disclosed that RDPs who had their moving-up ceremony in 2017 are nearing completion of the 18-month after care program. Others have just started the required activities of the program.
Based from reports of the Municipal ADACs, most of the RDPS were trained in disaster preparedness, basic first aid, financial literacy and other livelihood opportunities by partner agencies.
In his message, DSWD Assistant Secretary Jose Antonio “Aliguyon” Hernandez enjoined the RDPS to be leaders of their family and community.
“Let’s stop dreaming and let’s turn into action. Our dream of a better and more progressive nation, not for you, not for me, not for anyone else but for the next generation that we can’t afford to fail,” Hernandez stressed.
Governor Pedro Mayam-o encouraged the participants to aim high and continue with their reformation and be part of community and nation building. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao) By Marcelo B. Lihgawon