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.
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.