February 6, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – In line with its aggressive anti-illegal drug campaign, Bontoc through the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Madac) has allocated funds for the livelihood projects of persons who used drugs (PWUDs) ready for implementation this year.

During the joint Madac and Municipal Advisory Council meeting on Jan. 17, Social Welfare Officer III Stephanie Kanongkong of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office said among the approved livelihood projects proposed by the beneficiaries in 2022 are hog raising, livestock, and procurement of welding machines/equipment funded by the municipal government under its anti-illegal drug program.

She said the beneficiaries have completed their community-based rehabilitation and are continuously monitored by the Madac.

The council also agreed to allocate the P100,000 cash prize it will receive from the national government for the livelihood projects to be proposed by the PWUDs in the municipality. The cash prize is for being one of the 2022 National Anti-drug Abuse Council performance awardees.

The Madac shall assist the beneficiaries in the preparation of their livelihood project proposals and documentary requirements monitor it to ensure sustainability of the livelihood projects.

Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., Madac chairperson, said anti-illegal drug programs are necessary in helping the drug surrenderers go back on the right track.

“We hope this assistance will assist our drug surrenderers in their way to achieving a new life and they will be able to sustain their livelihood. The Madac will continue to assist them in this endeavor,” Tudlong added.

Maj. Pedro Tactay, Bontoc Municipal Police Station chief and Madac co-chairperson, thanked the members and other partner stakeholders for helping the police force in the successful implementation of the anti-illegal drug campaign in the capital town. – Alpine L. Killa-Malwagay