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7 Barangays Culminate Community-Based Rehabilitation Program

A total of 320 drug responders from 7 barangays in Valencia City has completed the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) under the Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Ilegal na Droga (MASA MASID) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

First to culminate the program is Barangay Poblacion on May 12, 2017, followed by other Barangays such as Catumbalon, Nabag-o, Pinatilan, Dagatkidavao, Sinabuagan, Maapag, Sinayawan, Tongantongan, and Mabuhay.

Other remaining barangays are also expected to conduct the culmination of CBRP in the following months.

Drug personalities who surrendered to the authorities have undergone 26 days holistic approach to rehabilitation with the help of the MASA MASID Team, participating barangay, volunteer experts, and practitioners in the medical and psycho-social fields.

The rehabilitation focused on the healing of the body, mind, and soul through counseling and other therapeutic sessions.

The City Government of Valencia through the leadership of Mayor Azucena P. Huervas supported the culmination of CBRP in the different barangays and has been working hard to curb the use of illegal drugs and help the drug responders through the MASA MASID program be reintegrated back to their communities as productive members.

As of present time, all graduates from the CBRP are now undergoing an Aftercare Program by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) who will assess the graduates to be able to avail its sustainable livelihood programs.

Such programs served as big help for the graduates to provide additional income for their families and to get rid of engaging in illegal activities.

In every culmination of the program, Mayor Huervas always encouraged the responders to take good care of their family and be good examples to the young generation.

She also thanked the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through Ms. Amalia A. Propia, Local Government Operations Officer of DILG Valencia City for actively supporting the implementation of the MASA MASID programas well as the City Health Office, Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council, and other agencies for supporting the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program.

MASA MASID is a program that aims to encourage communities to take a proactive stance in the government’s fight against corruption, illegal drugs, and criminality.

(Aron A. Rempohito, AA III – PIO) KDJ