The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) called on the public Saturday, June 26, to join the government’s fight against illegal drugs by rejecting illegal substance abuse and drug addiction.
The call was made as the nation marks the International Day Against Illegal Drugs and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) on Saturday.
“Say no to illegal drugs and help the country become drug free,” the DSWD said in a statement.
This year’s observance of the IDADAIT) is anchored on the theme “Share Facts on Drugs, Save Lives.”
IDADAIT or the World Drug Day is observed annually every June 26 to strengthen global action and cooperation, and to help raise awareness about illegal drugs in achieving the goal of a world free of drug abuse.
As its share to President Duterte’s vision of a drug-free Philippines, the DSWD has been implementing the Yakap Bayan Program (YBP), a social reintegration program for recovering persons who use drugs (RPWUDs).
“Supportive to the IDADAIT theme, the Yakap Bayan Program also advocates for the dissemination of the right information on drugs as a key component in the fight against drugs,” the DSWD said.
The YBP is a holistic intervention to assist RPWUDs in their recovery journey from surrendering, to treatment or rehabilitation, to aftercare, and to social reintegration to their families and communities. It entails the provision of aftercare services, such as relapse prevention sessions, counselling sessions, health and fitness therapy, spiritual interventions, and skills training, among others, to improve the well-being and social functioning of RPWUDs.
The DSWD said YBP is anchored on the Duterte government’s Philippine Anti-Illegal Drug Strategy (PADS) campaign in which government agencies work together with the goal of achieving a drug-free Philippines.
“With the Yakap Bayan program, DSWD contributes to the overall anti-drug campaign of the Government, focusing on helping those who formerly used drugs to become productive citizens of the country, and in establishing measures to advocate for the prevention of substance abuse in a community.”
The social welfare agency vowed to continue advocating the institutionalization or adoption of the program by the local government units (LGUs).
The DSWD announced late April that the implementation of the YBP has been institutionalized in 38 areas in the country.
It noted that the comprehensive programs of various government agencies against drug abuse are geared towards freeing the country from the disastrous effects of illegal drugs within the family, within the community and within the nation.
“Now is the time to take the communities away from the influence of drugs, and create a drug-free nation for the future generation.”