Dagupan to launch community-based drug rehab program

DAGUPAN CITY — The city is coming up with a community-based drug rehabilitation program for illegal drug users called S.U.R.E. or Sagip User Rehabilitation and Empowerment in support of the national government goals to eradicate illegal drugs.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said the program will be an assortment of non-formal education for the incremental development and progress of the affected individuals, aimed at making them veer away from illegal drugs.

“It is our intention to bring back illegal drug user individuals to their normal life for them to be productive citizens of our country,” said Fernandez.

She pointed out that the program will help the user to stand on their own two feet again and live a more productive life, for them to see that life is worth changing, that it has a purpose and that life is worth saving.

“It’s going to be hard but let’s do it. We will take the opportunity to help and if we can help one user that’s helping the entire family. Hindi forever ang dilim ng buhay,” (It is not forever that they have a bleak life), said Fernandez.

She expressed hope that with this initiative, Dagupan will become a drug-free city within four years.

Fernandez attended the forum “Sulong Pilipinas” with other members of the League of Cities of the Philippines on October 3 and 4 in Manila where they were briefed on the current peace and order situation and social development.

In line with this, Fernandez has just reconstituted the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) since the heads and leaders of different local and national government agencies and different involved organizations were already either retired, reassigned, succeeded or transferred as jurisdictionally further specified by each organizational rule.

Fernandez is scheduled to meet the new members of the council on October 7 to address the drug situation in Dagupan with the new Dagupan City Police Station chief Police Superintendent Neil O. Miro as vice-chairman.

The mayor said she will also be working with various agencies such as the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Education (DepEd) for the realization of the program. PNA-northboundasia.com