192 drug surrenderers now rescuers, ready to help their respective communities

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Manila, Philippines – In Camp Gen. Nakar in Lucena City, a total of 192 former drug surrenderers have graduated from their rehabilitation and reformation training.

These former -drug involved individuals are now rescuers and force multipliers by the Quezon police provincial office.

They undergone a six-month rehabilitation program called “Yakap Bayan” which was fully supported by the provincial government through Governor David Suarez and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The said program “Yakap Bayan” was launched as one of the elements of the Project U.S.A.D or United Stand Against Dangerous Drugs. It aims to convert drug surrenderers in Quezon province to become an effective community members, leaders and advocates of disaster emergency response team.

Furthermore, the reformist received certificates from the QPPO, Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and the Quezon provincial government.

Thirty of them got certificates of completion from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA after completing their driving lessons and skills training.

DSWD also distributed family food packs and cash assistance of Php3, 000 to each reformist as part of the incentives program.

During the training and rehabilitation, the drug surrenderers also received medical and psychological assistance such as counseling, detoxification, capacity-building and skills training. They were also immersed to community services.

On their graduation, the rescuers demonstrated their newly acquired skills on Basic Fire Fighting Techniques, Disaster preparedness Response, their driving skills, they also showed their special dance number with the Yakap Bayan Technical Working Group.

Gov. Suarez congratulates the reformists for their renewed lives and as soon to be productive members of their own communities.

Source: PNA

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