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Know the Drug Rehabilitation Efforts of the Duterte Administration

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The Drug Rehabilitation efforts of the Duterte Administration comes after the country’s overwhelming surrenders of drug users and pushers. Att least, it’s in place. The inter-agency task force is spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). It includes the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), and Philippine National Police (PNP).

[VIDEO]: Watch how the drug rehabilitation efforts under the Duterte administration unfolds after an inter-agency task force was initiated by the DILG.

Profiling of Drug Users

Drug users will first be profiled by the DOH to determine who among them are experimental, occasional or heavy compulsive users and drug dependents. This will help authorities in determining the suitable treatment for each one. It may be a center-based or community-based rehabilitation program.

Community Participation

Concerned barangays and parishes will focus on community-based rehabilitation with participation from community volunteers and relatives of the drug users. This is the kind of approach that Senator Grace Poe is campaigning to help solve the society's problems with illegal drugs. The aggressive Oplan Tokhang strategy might be louder but these rehabilitation efforts could go a long way. Especially when supported by the private sectors and the communities.

Anti-Drug Abuse Council's Drug Rehabilitation Program

A Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council will also be revived to run the community-based drug rehabilitation program starting this week. The council has its own budget to also hold information and education programs on curbing illegal drugs.

After Care Program

There's also an "after-care" program where patients can slowly be integrated back into society. Drug users can avail of DSWD's cash-for-work program or TESDA's livelihood training program for former drug dependents. Philhealth coverage is also being looked into.

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