TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental, – About 35 reformists received their certificates of completion after the three-month stay at Bahay Silangan Reformatory Center in the city, May 30.
Balay Silangan, a strategy of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), is intended for drug surrenderers who fall under the pushers’ category. It is mandatory for every local government unit (LGU) to have a reformation center based on the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) regulation.
The program aims to reform drug offenders into self-sufficient and law-abiding members of the society.
Of the 35, at least 24 were from Tangub City while 11 from the municipality of Lopez Jaena in Misamis Occidental underwent the reformation program at the center for at least three months. One month will be the mandatory in-house and the rest will be a combination of in-house and livelihood training, among others.
The center is vital since barangays classified as moderately affected have drug pushers in their jurisdiction.
In her message during the graduation ceremony, Mayor-elect Jennifer Wee-Tan expressed her appreciation to the law enforcers for making the city a drug-free with zero casualties. She encouraged the reformists to do well with the chance at life granted to them.
“Exhale the past, inhale the future, let’s move forward,” the mayor said.
For his part, Misamis Occidental Governor-elect Philip Tan challenged the reformists to help make the province drug-free as he vowed to work for a drug-free Misamis Occidental with the collaboration of concerned agencies.
Along with their certificates for completing their stay at Balay Silangan, the reformists were awarded with certificates of completion for livelihood skills in food processing and shield metal art welding (SMAW).
After the ceremony, the names of the reformists are already deleted from the list of the PDEA. The completion ceremony was the first ever held in the province of Misamis Occidental.
Tangub was declared as drug-free city last April 25, 2019. (Judith Tablan/CIO)
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