Out of 83 enrolled reformists, 57 have completed the reformation program; 23 remained with sanctions and shall subject to community service; 2 were released due to medical reasons; and 1 has escaped and will face prosecution accordingly.
These 57 reformists are now free from watch list as they have completed the program.
To obtain enhancement and skills training during the three-month period, the reformists underwent sessions on values formation, massage/rug making, moral recovery activity, value of family orientation, spiritual upliftment, and sweets peparation leading to cookery for NC II.
“Ang experience gyapon, maayo. Naa ma’y mga modules dadto, mga livelihood program gikan sa DOLE, mga seminars. Isip reformist, maayo ang programa at least natagaan mi chance sa gobyerno (It was a good experience. We were given modules, livelihood programs, and seminars. As a reformist, it was indeed a good program as the government gave as a second chance to do better),” one of the reformists said.
Balay Silangan is located at Sitio Cabiangan, Bacnit, Sagay. The institution serves an instrument for the reformation of drug personalities who voluntarily surrendered in relation to the government’s revitalized campaign against the country’s drug problem.
It is fully operated by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) with the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Provincial Health Office (PHO), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as its stakeholders. (Marc Ian A. Salem/PIA10)