89 INDIVIDUALS GRADUATE IN OPLAN LIWANAG, DRUG REHAB PROGRAM

MSWD Office staff facilite VSR graduation last February 28, 2017 in Brgy. Mipangi

89 individuals started a new chapter upon graduating from the community-based drug rehabilitation program of the province dubbed as “OPLAN LIWANAG” Transformative Intervention Program for Voluntary Surrendereers for Reform (VSR) last February 28, 2017 at the Brgy. Mipangi gymnasium, Nabunturan.

Through the initiative of Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC), headed by Mayor Chelita Amatong, and Barangay Captain Romeo Arizo Sr., in cooperation with PADAC and BADAC, Barangay Mipangi was the first pilot barangay in Nabunturan to conduct the OPLAN LIWANAG Program.

With the collaboration of PCI Adolfo E. Eyan; 25th IB Charlie Company; PESO Office headed by Reynita Villan; MSWDO Alma Delia C. Besana; MHO Dr. Danielo Rubillos; MLGOO Evan Noel Pascua; Provincial, Municipal, and Barangay Action Teams; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Provincial Values Restoration Program Council; Department of Justice; Parochial Parish Priest of Nabunturan; Pastor Jolly Furio; and Pastor Jessie Lumactod, VSRs successfully graduated in the three-month community rehabilitation program that seeks to reform and build them with capabilities to sustain their new lifestyle.

Remarkably, there were only 59 VSRs screened and profiled on the level of drug dependency by the Municipal Health Office last August 2016, but through the consistent motivation of the Municipal Action Team and community, the number increased to 89 individuals by December and finished the rehabilitation program.

Remarkably, there were only 59 VSRs screened and profiled on the level of drug dependency by the Municipal Health Office last August 2016, but through the consistent motivation of the Municipal Action Team and community, the number increased to 89 individuals by December and finished the rehabilitation program.

Moreover, VSRs underwent Driving and Hair dressing trainings conducted by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for National Certificate II Assessment on April. This serves as capability building opportunity for drug victims to equip them in the livelihood programs to be given by the Local Government of Nabunturan.

A surprise drug test was conducted before the VSR graduation of OPLAN LIWANAG to ensure their complete withdrawal from drug use. According to MSWDO Alma Delia Besana, 100% of the participants were confirmed to have negative drug presence in their bodies.

Local governments of the province (PLGU), municipality of Nabunturan (MLGU), and Barangay Mipangi (BLGU) provided the VSRs with meals during the community rehabilitation.

Jomar and Jay-jay, OPLAN LIWANAG graduates, shared during an interview that the community-based program greatly changed their lives and has led them back into living meaningful lives.

“Ang kabag-ohan kay dili na kantyawanan. Makabaton namig respeto sa uban og naa na’y pagtahod ilang pagtagad dili na kantiawanan…Sauna gamay nga bikil away dayon, karon kay nakakat-on nako nga magpugong sa kalagot (The changes are that we are not being mocked anymore. We learned to give respect and also earn respect from others. Before, small misunderstandings always led to bigger fights, but now I learned to control my emotions),” Jomar said when asked about the changes in his relationship with his family and friends.

They both also said that the positive changes they have observed among themselves and their peers motivated them to go on with the daily activities such as morning exercise led by the AFP and afternoon exercise led by PNP.

Jomar and Jay-jay encouraged those who are still drug dependents to surrender to clear their well being and maintain good relationship with God, through attending lectures and activities for rehabilitation. They also disclosed that their families are now their priorities.

“Sa wala pa nagsurrender, surrender na kay maayo ni sa lawas og daghan kag makat-onan (To those who haven’t surrendered yet, then surrender now because this is good for the body and you will learn a lot),” Jay-jay added.

The conduct of the activity aims to effectively respond to the drug problem in Nabunturan pursuant to the issued Executive Order of the Governor, EO No. 064-2016 dated August 2, 2016 for the conduct of Oplan Liwanag, coinciding to President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.