MALAYBALAY CITY – 1.9 million pesos have been allocated to fund a new rehabilitation program for illegal drug surrenders. The City government will host skills training workshops for the surrenderers, beginning this month until December.
Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri’s announcement was relayed to press through Maida Daniot, City Local Government Operations Officer (CLGOO).
“The training will be held at the city TESDA training center in barangay Casisang. We are in the process of finalizing the list of interested drug surrenderers to avail the four skills that we offered,” she said.
Identified illegal drug users who surrender to the local government can participate in the program, which will focus on teaching practical skills. Four skills trainings will be hosted, including manicure, small engine repair, electrical installation, and massage.
“Beneficiaries for manicure and massage will undergo 10 days straight training. For electrical installation and small engine repair, they will undergo 20 straight days training,” said Daniot.
Skills training is voluntary and will be implemented through a partnership between the city government, TESDA, and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The training is part of the Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) of the city for drug surrenderers. CBRP was launched by the city government on December 7, 2016.
Beneficiaries of the program will not be given livelihood assistance if they fail to attend the full course.
The first training to commence are for manicure and small engine repair. 30 slots are open for the manicure workshop and 50 for small engine repair. The remaining two skills training will follow.
“Beneficiaries for manicure and massage will undergo 10 days straight training. For electrical installation and small engine repair, they will undergo 20 straight days training,” clarified Daniot.
The CBRP initiated by the city government has enjoyed much success. After the last batch, the program’s graduates rose to 2,647 of the 3,200 drug surrenderers joining programs offered by the city. That is around 83% completing the three-week CBRP since 2017. Last year, 10 batches of drug surrenderers completed the CBRP.
The community based rehabilitation is held in clustered barangays and is part of an over-arching plan to combat the use of illegal drugs in the area.
“Rehabilitation program is needed for the individuals who are in the list. A barangay will not be declared drug free if not all of them will undergo the rehabilitation process. And of course the city cannot be declared drug free because of them,” Daniot said.