Around 40 barangay community service coordinators (BCSCs) in Valenzuela City underwent a two-day “trainer’s training” for the city’s community-based drug rehabilitation and reintegration program held last Nov. 24 and 25.
Under the VC Cares Plus program, the BCSCs were trained to handle concerns and assist the treatment of persons who used drugs (PWUD) since the City Anti-Drug Abuse Office (VADAO) was temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak.
The BCSCs were provided with in-depth knowledge and skills in helping the patients and implementing the therapeutic community program.
They have also undergone training for communication skills, public speaking, basic counseling, truths about alcohol, identifying internal and external triggers, body chemistry, and common challenges in early recovery.
The local government said that the training will also boost the community wellness and aftercare programs in each barangays by effectively bringing out voluntary change, addressing problems, and establishing rapport with the clients.
The VC Cares Plus, which was established in 2016, is Valenzuela’s comprehensive and holistic rehabilitation program to fight the use of illegal drugs through reformatory and community-based reintegration initiatives.