The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-A conducted an orientation on drug-related programs for members of the Cavite Provincial Peace and Order Council, City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers and partner agencies in the province on November 8, 2016 at the Ceremonial of the Provincial Capitol. The activity is in line with the government’s all out campaign against drugs and efforts to come up with interventions for the unprecedented number of drug surrenderees from PNP’s OplanTokhang and recovering drug dependents.
PSWDO Felipa Servañez, in her welcome message, summed up the program’s aim to harmonize efforts of all the agencies involved in the fight against drugs from the national down to the local government level to come up with a unified understanding of the situation, a common working ground and roles to take in providing all the needed services for the drug surrenderees and recovering drug dependents, their families and community. This was further reiterated by PCLEDO Head and Special Assistant to the Governor, Mr. Alvin Mojica who cited the magnitude of the drug problem and its ill effects to society.
Provincial Administrator for External Affairs, Engr. Efren Nazareno emphasized the importance of a concentrated effort to address drug-related problems in order to bring back the recovering drug dependents into the mainstream of society. On the other hand, PA for External affairs, Engr. Enrico Alvarez cited how vulnerable Cavite is to drug-related problems with its considerably large population. He also shared that the provincial government is considering the possibility of constructing a rehabilitation center and called on everyone’s participation to achieve a drug-free Cavite.
One of the programs discussed during the orientation was the three proposed pillars of interventions in the National Drug Rehabilitation Program delivered by Mr. Joshua Saluria, Social Welfare Officer II of the DSWD FO IV-A. It involves the creation of database/profile of surrenderees, community-based rehabilitation, aftercare, reintegration and transformation support for recovering drug dependents. Each pillar will have a lead agency to take active role in ensuring the effective implementation of activities with the support of other agencies and program players. Although the program is still on the ironing stage, Saluria assured that the DSWD has allocated funds for programs that are under their department particularly on the third pillar that caters more on the aftercare services. He encouraged the participants particularly the C/MWDOs to submit proposals to the regional office for projects intended for drug surrenderees and recovering drug dependents.
Other speakers came from the Department of Health-Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Tagaytay City composed of Ms. Karen P. Sol and Mylene Sto. Domingo with their discussion on the truths and misconceptions about drug addiction, their institution and its programs, as well as the procedures on seeking treatment and rehabilitation.
Ms. Amy Colorico, Social Welfare Officer II of the DSWD FO IV-A Social Technology Unit also discussed three programs being implemented by the department which include the Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program (FDAPP), the Special Education Center (SDEC) and the Strategies Toward Acceptance, Reintegration and Transformation (START) for poor recovering drug dependents.
An open forum ensued for the discussion of concerns mostly on the cascading of the program to the local governments and follow through activities to capacitate the key players in program implementation.