File photo courtesy of Provincial Information Office

A moving up ceremony was conducted for 25 recovering drug surrenderees (RDS) from five communities in Barangay Bancalaan, Balabac.

A press statement from the Provincial Information Office (PIO) this week said the ceremony was done on October 9 in the barangay under the province’s Community Enhancement and Livelihood Program for Drugs Surrenderees (CELPDS).

The RDS were given certificates of completion for undergoing the first phase of the CELPDS to continue to the 18-week continuing care program.

“Ang CELPDS ay programa ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan bilang suporta ng pamunuan ni Gob. Jose Ch. Alvarez sa Oplan Tokhang ng Philippine National Police. Sa ilalim nito, ang mga RDS ay sumasailalim sa 16 weeks structure program para makapagbagong buhay,” the statement said.

The event was attended by Raymundo Quicho who represented Vice Governor Dennis Socrates, Teri Acda from the office of Governor Jose Alvarez, and Shiela Reyes from the Department of Health (DOH).

It was also attended by representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Balabac, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Army, and other local offices.

Palawan’s CELP was born out of the provincial government’s compassion for more than 4,200 drug users and pushers who voluntarily surrendered at the onset of the administration’s “Oplan Tokhang” and “Double Barrel Reloaded”.

It is a 16-week community-based outpatient recovery program that would provide the essential support for recovering drug addicts to get back to mainstream society.