Kalayaan Mayor Roberto del Mundo and Governor Jose Alvarez signed Thursday an agreement to help the island town’s two drug surrenderees through the provincial government’s Community Enhancement and Livelihood Program (CELP).
CELP is a drug rehabilitation program started in 2016 by the provincial government to support Palaweños, who voluntarily surrendered under the PNP’s Oplan Tokhang and Double Barrel Reloaded in 2017.
Rehabilitation program field operations head Roselyn Umpacan said it is an immediate response to calls for help for the surrenderees, who want to regain their dignity and morale to be able to return to mainstream society.
“Alam natin na noong sila’y na-tokhang ay nabawasan ang kanilang dignidad at kaya tayo nandito upang matulungan silang makabalik sa normal na buhay,” Umpacan said.
Del Mundo thanked the provincial government for the chance it is offering its two municipal residents through the CELP.
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa programang ito na siyang makakatulong para makapag bagong buhay ang ating mga kababayan na nalulong sa droga. Kaya kami sa munisipyo ay buong puso ang pagsuporta sa programa ng lalawigan,” he said.
Under the agreement, the Kalayaan government will help provide the surrenderers with livelihood assistance after the 16-week CELP rehab program they need to undergo, and to augment those that the provincial government will also bestow.
Umpacan said that currently, the CELP already had 432 graduates from the towns of Brooke’s Point, San Vicente, Roxas, Araceli, and El Nido since 2016.
She said CELP encourages the active participation and involvement of all sectors in the community for the recovery process of all surrenderers.
The 16-week structured program includes discussions on the ill-effects of drugs, personal, moral, and behavioral guidance, and assessment and skills livelihood training.
“Marami tayong speakers at mga behavioral tools na pinapagawa na ibibigay sa kanila para unti-unting magbago ang kanilang pananaw sa buhay. Dahil rin dito bumalik ang kanilang sense of accountability and responsibility, kaya may mga ganito tayong inapply sa kanila,” Umpacan added.