Tuesday, November 14, 2017
ILOILO City – Seventy-nine out of 747 drug surrenderees in the island-province Guimaras have graduated from the community-based rehabilitation program recently.
The rehabilitation program was initiated by the rural health units of the five municipalities in Guimaras.
The graduates were from the towns San Lorenzo with 56 and Sibunag with 23.
On Monday, a total of 305 drug surrenderees were assessed using the Matrix Intensive Out-Patient (MIOP), according to the provincial public information office.
The 305 surrenderees were from San Lorenzo (174), Sibunag (23) and Jordan (108).
This week, 175 and 185 drug surrenderees from Buenavista and Nueva Valencia towns, respectively, will also undergo assessment.
The MIOP is now used in assessing surrenderees after the Department of Health (DOH) conducted a series of trainings for municipal antidrug abuse council personnel, who spearheaded rehabilitation programs under rural health officers.
From August last year to August this year, the local government of Guimaras recorded a total of 747 drug surrenderees.
Some 659 surrenderees were assessed using an old tool but the results were disregarded after the DOH introduced the MIOP.
Last week, Gov. Samuel Gumarin said the province will be “back to square one” to achieve a “drug-free” status under the new criteria that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has set.
Before the new criteria were set, 77 barangays and five towns in the province were declared “drug-cleared” in 2016.
“We will again work on our documents to see the clear picture based on the new criteria of the PDEA,” Gumarin said.
Gumarin added that Guimaras will not be declared free from drugs until all the 747 surrenderees complete their rehabilitation.
The provincial government has allotted P1.8 million for the rehabilitation program. (PNA/PN)