In a remarkable effort towards community rehabilitation and empowerment, 65 former Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) from various barangays in Ozamiz City have benefitted from the Sustainable Livelihood Program initiated by the Padayon Asenso Ozamiz Administration under the leadership of Mayor Atty. Henry “Indy” Oaminal Jr. This marks the fifth batch of former PWUDs to benefit from the livestock dispersal program.
Aiming to provide meaningful opportunities for individuals on the path to recovery, Ozamiz City Councilor Hon. Katkat Lim led the livestock distribution initiative, accompanied by key personnel from the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), City Health Office, City Veterinary Office, Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
As part of this program, ten PWUDs received high-breed piglets (baktin) each, while five individuals received goats (kanding). Additionally, 50 former PWUDs were given two chickens each to help them start their poultry farming ventures. The plan is for these beneficiaries, once established, to return the same number of livestock to the government, ensuring the sustainability and expansion of the program to reach more PWUDs in need.
This collaborative effort among local government units and law enforcement agencies demonstrates a commitment to rehabilitation and reintegration, promoting a healthier and more stable future for former PWUDs in Ozamiz City. The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a testament to the city’s dedication to providing support and opportunities for those seeking to leave behind a life of substance abuse and make positive contributions to their communities.