New batch for Tagum’s community-based drug rehab program graduates

TAGUM CITY— The City Government of Tagum is more than half-way through implementing drug rehabilitation interventions under the Seryosong Tagumenyos Ayaw ng Droga (STAND) program following the graduation of the 4th batch of the program enrollees. 

411 drug surrenderees graduated last Sunday, September 8, from the community based rehabilitation program of the city known as STAND out of the 623 candidates, after completing the multi-sectoral interventions from the barangay units, city government, pastors and ministries, and law enforcers, among others, and passing the surprised drug test conducted moments before the ceremony. 

On September 15, these graduates will be joined by Mayor Allan L. Rellon in a running marathon to celebrate their tagumpay. They will also receive their diploma or certificate of completion on the same day.

In addition, the STAND graduates will undergo an after care program called STAND REAL which represents the different “rewards” they will get after graduating in the program: Reintegration to Society, Employment Facilitation, Access to Education and Skills Training, and Livelihood Grants.

Since the implementation of STAND in 2016, the city government was able to facilitate thousands of surrenderees and have been consistent with its implementation — resulting to sustainable execution of the prized program.

The graduation ceremony was held at the City Hall Atriuml and was graced by Mayor Rellon, Vice Mayor Eva Lorraine Estabillo, city councillors, barangay officials, and personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Meanwhile, the screening for new set of candidates will start on October 26 this year. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum

 

Mayor Allan L Rellon encourages the STAND graduates to shun away drugs in their lives during their graduation ceremony last September 8, 2019 held at the cityhall’s atrium. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum

 

The city officials headed by Mayor Rellon and Vice Mayor Estabillo congratulate the graduates of Seryosong Tagumenyos Ayaw ng Droga (STAND) in completing all of the drug rehabilitation interventions that are requirements to reintegrate themselves into the society. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum

 

Graduates pledge to never use or sell drugs again during their commencement exercises. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum