DSWD readies cash aid for drug rehab graduates
By Sarwell Q. Meniano & Wanda Chanese O. Antonio
TACLOBAN CITY (Philippines News Agency) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will provide PHP5,000 financial assistance to drug surrenderers who will complete the community-based rehabilitation program.
DSWD Eastern Visayas regional head of protective services unit Ofelia Pagay said the cash assistance meant for livelihood projects was part of the aftercare program designed to help former drug users return to normalcy.
“Once the community rehabilitation program is progressing, that’s the time that local government units will refer the graduates to DSWD assistance,” Pagay said.
The cash aid is on top of the support for food and medical needs of former drug dependents undergoing rehabilitation program in towns and cities.
The kind of livelihood assistance varies depending on the proposal of every drug surrenderer. The DSWD has not yet released any amount since their central office has not yet downloaded funds.
“To avail livelihood assistance, drug surrenderers should provide a proof that they are graduates of the community rehabilitation program being done by local government units,” Pagay added.
The DSWD has initially provided financial assistance to the graduates in the towns of Babatngon and Tanauan, Leyte.
The field office here also committed to give the drug surrenderers livelihood support under its Sustainable Livelihood Program so they can have decent source of income.
The DSWD leads the pillar 3 of the administration’s National Drug Rehabilitation Program, which refers to the aftercare, reintegration and transformation support for recovering drug dependents.
As the lead agency that will facilitate pillar 3, the DSWD with other national government agencies are tasked to provide a wide range of aftercare services to reinforce the transformation and rehabilitation of drug surrenders.
These include skills training opportunities, psychosocial and other community-based programs that will encourage them to actively participate in community service.
The agency has been partnering with local government units as well as with civil society organizations and faith-based organizations to implement rehabilitation programs to assist recovering drug dependents.
About 24,000 drug personalities turned themselves in to authorities in Eastern Visayas since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a crackdown against illegal drugs late last year.(PNA) #REALNUMBERS