Issue of December 31, 2017
Mt. Province

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Ifugao to build P5 M drug rehab center
by PNA

The provincial government of Ifugao has received P5 million from the Dangerous Drugs Board as initial fund for the construction of a building at the Ifugao Reflection Camp (IRC) that would be used to rehabilitate drug surrenderers, Gov. Pedro Mayam-o said.

Mayam-o said the check was turned over by DDB Usec. Benjamin Reyes during the graduation of 71 rehabilitated drug surrenderers at the Yamashita Shrine in Kiangan, Ifugao last week.

Also present in the event were Presidential Communications Operations Office Asec. Ramon Cualoping and Office of the President Asec. Aurora Ignacio.

The governor said the P5M allocation was given after the province and the IRC, managed by different offices in the provincial level, submitted a proposal for the construction of a building to house the surrenderers, where the different activities in relation to their rehabilitation would be conducted.

Ifugao has 601 drug surrenderers who came forward when President Rodrigo Duterte announced the government’s program to “change” those who are engaged in illegal drugs until recently as others continue to avail of the service. 

In June of this year, 109 “campers” graduated from IRC.

Ifugao Provincial Health Officer Maryjo Dulawan said there were challenges in the rehabilitation process in terms of logistics; relationship between and among the different personnel of different offices with different thrusts; program format to follow; human resources; the varied and extraordinary behavior of the campers, some of whom are suffering from depression, their physical condition and illnesses as well as mental behavior caused by the use of illegal drugs.

The greater challenge, she added, is maintaining the “clean” and “sober” status of the campers even after their graduation, that is why a follow-through activity continues even after they finish the initial six-month rehabilitation process.

While there were challenges, the doctor said those were overtaken by the realization of the campers that the government has services for people like them and their realization that there is a God who helps them reform.

She said that the IRC provides holistic treatment. The campers are checked physically and are assessed individually or as a group for profiling of their social, mental, and psychological condition and provided assistance in adapting to a healthy lifestyle.

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