For its outstanding community-based job placement program of reformed drug surrenderees, a barangay in Pasig City was lauded recently by the local government unit (LGU) as it has effectively reintegrated them to the society.

This commendation came after Pasig City was recognized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as one of the local governments in the National Capital Region (NCR) for their best practices in the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation and Re-integration Program (CBDRP).

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Anti-Drug Abuse Council of Pasig (ADCOP) chief, Zenaida Concepcion, said they have given Barangay San Antonio a certificate of commendation for having the most number of employed drug surrenderees among the 30 barangays in Pasig.

“Among the 30 barangays in Pasig, Barangay San Antonio has the most number of employed drug surrenderees,” she said in a statement.

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“This initiative of Chairman Raymond Lising integrates them back into society by providing them with jobs after undergoing rehabilitation. Barangay San Antonio assured them that when they finish the seven-month rehab program, they will be employed by the barangay giving them a sense of security,” Concepcion furthered.

By doing so, she said the barangay has returned the dignity and confidence of the former drug users.

Based on the data of ADCOP, San Antonio has a total of 26 drug surrenderees. Ten of them have been employed by the barangay as contractual workers.

The other 16 surrenderees of the barangay, meantime, are now privately employed in various companies, while others have started their own businesses, ADCOP said.

According to Concepcion, Barangay San Antonio’s support to their drug surrenderees extends to their family members as the barangay also provides them with their basic needs while their loved ones are under rehabilitation.

“Because of this initiative of the Chairman Lising, drug surrenderees are at peace that their families are well taken care of. This lessens their stress and worry while under rehab,” said the ADCOP chief.

As such, she said that the barangay provides the transportation of drug surrenderees who are about to undergo rehabilitation to Pasig’s partner rehab facility in Bicutan, Taguig.

After their rehabilitation, Concepcion said Barangay San Antonio continuously monitor the drug surrenderees and their families through home visitation to know their current situations.

“Barangay San Antonio has been very responsive and active in their duties in cascading drug prevention and control programs in their barangay,” she said.

“Angat ang programa ni Chairman Lising when it comes to CBRDP. That’s why we are grateful to him because he sustains the programs and what he promised to drug surrenderees,” the ADCOP head continued.

Pasig LGU is strictly monitoring the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADACs) of the 30 barangays in the city to ensure their rate of functionality and implementation of the drug abuse prevention advocacy campaign, she said.

Lising, for his part, vowed to sustain their various programs against drug use, such as drug awareness and prevention campaign.

“We, in Barangay San Antonio, believe in second chances that is why we are giving our drug surrenderees a chance to change their lives because they find difficulty in landing a job, because of the stigma of being a former drug user which is sometimes being used as grounds for rejection. We want them to become productive members of the society,” the BSA chairman said.

The barangay chairman added that they are regularly conducting surprise drug tests.

Barangay San Antonio was declared drug-cleared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in 2017.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/01/29/pasig-lgu-hails-barangay-for-its-employment-program-for-reformed-drug-surrenderees/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pasig-lgu-hails-barangay-for-its-employment-program-for-reformed-drug-surrenderees)