The provincial government of Palawan officially launched the Community Enhancement Livelihood Program (CELP) for drug surrenderees in Roxas on Friday, March 3, 2017, in a formal program held at Ysidore Garden Hall, Barangay 3 of the said town.
Based on latest and official records, Roxas has 178 surrenderees who can qualify for CELP. Four barangays in the municipality (1, 2, 3 and 4) are participating in the said program, whose purpose, according to its organizers, is to assist surrenderees in seeking appropriate treatment and therapy, opportunities for recovery and change, and in acquiring access to program that can lead to reintegration into the community.
“Para matulungan natin ang surrenderee[s] by giving them a consultation, advising, education, training, and support from the government we need this to help them,” explained CELP Team Leader Ma. Theresa Acda on the goals of the program.
Provincial Legal Counsel Atty. TJ Mata said “the benefits of [the] program is to enhance peace and order, protect the well-being, guarantee assistance, provides livelihood program and venue for the surrenderee and strengthen campaign against drug.”
Present in the said launching activity were Vice Governor Dennis Socrates, Board Member Leoncio Ola, Congressman Gil Acosta of the First District, Roxas Municipal Administrator Vic Lagera, Deputy of PPO Roxas-PNP, MBLT- 4, LGU personnel and barangay officials, along with members of the local communities.
Roxas is the second municipality in Northern Palawan to avail of the said program.