DAVAO ORIENTAL –Drug reformists who chose to turn over a new leaf have received payment for their rendered community service through the government’s Cash-for-Work Program.
Funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, 207 drug reformists from all over the province, who are the initial beneficiaries under the program, received P 2,380.00 each during the cash distribution on February 14 and 15.
The distributed cash is payment for their rendered ten-day community service by cleaning streets and highways, among other community works.
Art Benjie Bulaong, Provincial Administrator and Anti-Drug Abuse Council Action Officer, who represented Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang during the cash distribution, said that this intervention is just one of the programs being lined-up by the government for drug reformists to help them start over with their new lives.
“This is the big thrust of the national government under President Duterte that is whole-heartedly supported by the Governor,” said, noting the Provincial Government’s plans to also establish a local program for drug reformists. He said the envisioned program aims to tap national government agencies and other organizations to pool their resources to provide aid to drug reformists in terms of livelihood, skills development, and education, among others.
Bulaong thanked the drug reformists for their cooperation, saying the provincial government is fully committed to support the flagship anti-illegal drugs program of the national government. He lauded them for their bravery for coming out in the open and for seeking help from the government.
With drug problem now being considered as an emerging social issue affecting millions nationwide, the national government in partnership with the local government units are implementing programs to help drug reformists lead a new life while at the same time curbing the demand for illegal drugs. For the government, drug reformists are simply victims of drug traffickers who exploits the weakness of vulnerable individuals.
Bulaong enticed the drug reformists to urge those who they know that are still hooked on illegal drugs to surrender to the authorities and get help. PIO