July 18, 2024

The city government of Baguio has submitted its Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP) to the Department of Health for certification.

Local government units are required to formulate a consolidated model of treatment for persons who were addicted to illegal drugs with services ranging from general interventions to relapse prevention with specified roles and responsibilities for member-agencies.

CBDRP certification is required based on the health department’s Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation 4, s. 2020 or the guidelines for the oversight of general interventions for the rehabilitation and reintegration of persons who were addicted to illegal drugs.

Social Worker II Racquel Madlon of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) said once the city’s CBDRP is certified, this will form part of the methods of verification for Baguio City to vie for the Seal of Local Good Governance of the Department of the Interior and Local Government award next year.

She said a major innovation in the CBDRP is the online database for Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUDs) called the Baguio Reintegration and Aftercare Information System (BRAIS).

The BRAIS will serve as a digital platform to monitor and harmonize data from several member agencies on the number of PWUDs who voluntarily surrendered and will undergo the CBDRP of the city.

Development of the system started in 2022 by the city’s Management Information Technology System (MITD) with initial training of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Badac) members to familiarize them on procedures of encoding data as well as inform them of their responsibilities in respect to the Data Privacy Act.

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, being the chairman of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) ordered the creation of the BRAIS to harmonize data on PWUDs from all stakeholders including patient treatment plan under the CBDRP.

Currently, there are 79 PWUDs undergoing CBDRP as enrolled in the BRAIS since its roll-out early this year.

This is aside from the 883 total PWUDs who have undergone the CBDRP of the city since 2016.

Of the 128 barangays in Baguio City, 124 have been declared drug-cleared but the regional office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency reported there is still high market demand for illegal substances in the city despite intensified campaign against the same.

The mayor said with the Baguio RAIS, agencies will be able to revisit barangays to ensure they are indeed drug-cleared.

Offices with access to the BRAIS include the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Baguio City Police Office, CSWDO, the National Bureau of Investigation, and the City Health Services Office as the focal office for the CBDRP.

The mayor said those involved with the data management of the BRAIS will have to sign a pledge of non-disclosure policy and abide by the protocols of the country’s Data Privacy Act and Cybersecurity Law. – Jessa M.  Samidan