100 drug surrenderers complete rehab in Baybay

Published April 6, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By (PNA)

Baybay City, Leyte – At least 100 drug surrenderers have completed the six-month rehabilitation program conducted by the city government.

Mayor Carmen Cari said their Daytime Therapeutic Center, which has trained three batches as of March, has so far been effective in helping former drug users return to their normal lives.

Cari said physical changes are already visible in the former drug users, who have shown enthusiasm in renewing their lives and coming off clean from drug abuse.

“We have gathered them in many activities together with their families, and we saw for ourselves the positive change they have made to themselves in so short a time,” Cari said in an interview Thursday.

Under the program, the patients underwent counseling and technical training on welding and small engine repair.

They also had to prepared their own food, clean the center, and grow a garden. They were transported daily by the city police from their villages to the center, while some were provided with their own fare.

Some 10 kilograms of rice per week were also provided to their families while they were at the center.