December 2, 2022

A total of 242 persons who use drugs (PWUDs) are currently enrolled in the Integrated Participatory Community Building Program under the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) headed by Liza Bulayungan.
CSWD Officer III Ellen Dayag made the report during the 3rd quarter City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) meeting on Sept. 27 via Zoom and presided over by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Cadac chair.
She however said 66 of the PWUDs enrolled in the IPCBP conducted in collaboration with faith-based groups are inactive.
Dayag added 70 PWUDs are for completion of their brief intervention within the quarter with negative results of random drug testing and that 10 have graduated on Sept. 16.
She assured the remaining PWUDs are continuously attending the IPCB sessions that include smoke cessation lectures, orientation on various CSWDO programs, and spiritual enrichment talks.
Dayag said three random drug tests were held on separate dates this year and PWUDs who tested positive were referred to the outpatient drug treatment and rehabilitation for drug dependency examination at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.
The CSWDO also conducted an alcohol smoking and substance involvement screening test during the quarter with 14 PWUDs needing to undergo brief intervention.
Other after-care program for PWUDs are relapse prevention program; attendance to trainings and seminars; continuous provision of social services based on their needs; and community involvement like food for work in the barangay. – Gaby B. Keith