TAGUM CITY—323 Tagumenyos have found a new lease on life after their completion of the replicated Seryosong Tagumenyos Ayaw Ng Droga (STAND) PROGRAM, a rehabilitative program implemented by the local government unit of Tagum, last August 7, 2018.
The program, for which the drug dependents who volunteered to surrender to the authority are called to enroll and participate in six different courses of intervention, runs for seven months and includes values enhancement, and health and wellness, among others.
Under the supervision of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), the implementation of the Program has graduated a total of 1,149 TADs or Tagumenyos Against Drugs, to full-pledged STAND since its inception in July 2016.
The City of Tagum has notably found a means to incentivize the TADs to subject themselves into participating in the program until such time that they will be graduates of the program by guaranteeing them to benefit from the various programs implemented by the LGU, such as livelihood trainings, skills trainings, job referral/facilitation, cash-for-work assistance, and education scholarships or subsidies.
Prior to the commencement of the graduation ceremonies, the LGU headed by Mayor Allan L. Rellon, together with its partner agencies — the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) — surprised the graduating TADs with a drug test to ensure their total withdrawal from drug use as well as to ascertain their faithful adherence to the program’s framework.
Mr. Louie Selario, one of the STAND Program Directors, has indicated that of the 4,075 who surrendered en masse two years ago at the City Hall, about 2,800 are yet to be enrolled in the locally implemented drug rehab program while the other 42 have been written off due to transfer of residence or work place, as well as death.
The graduation ceremony on Tuesday was the third to be conducted in the course of the program’s 2-year implementation. Richi Gulle/ CIO-Tagum