CLARIN, Misamis Occidental, August 13, (PIA)--The Municipality of Clarin, together with Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other partner agencies, launched Balay Silangan, the 4th one of its kind in Misamis Occidental and the 9th in Northern Mindanao.
The 'Balay Silangan' offers a three-month in-house program with three phases focusing on Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as 'The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002', personal and life skills, and livelihood programs primarily for the drug pushers.
This serves as an instrument for the reformation of drug personalities who availed of the plea bargaining, organizers said.
In his message, Mayor David Navarro expressed his conviction and support to President Rodrigo Duterte's strong war against illegal drugs.
He also said the establishment of Balay Silangan strengthens the town's intention to become free from all forms of illegal drugs and turn the drug users into productive members of the community.
The mayor said the local government unit here, however, cannot do anything without the support of all the stakeholders in the municipality.
He challenged all the barangay officials to double their effort in securing the municipality.
(Be vigilant sa atong area of responsibility nga dili najud ta masudlan og drug users and pushers.- Be vigilant in our area of responsibility that we will not be joined by drug users and pushers.)
Out of 29 Clarin barangays, 28 are already drug cleared.
Navarro said this program continues to provide good service to the community. (Kini nga programa ga padayun ni sa paghatag ug maau nga serbisyo sa katawhan.)
Regional Director of PDEA Region 10, Wilkins Villanueva congratulates the municipality of Clarin for a job well done, as it is the 4th in Misamis Occidental and 9th in Region 10.
"Today, we have embarked another milestone in anti-drug campaign as we inaugurate the reformation center for drug offenders," he said.
He shared, "Not because you graduated from CBRP that is already complete, No! There should be a sustainable program for them that is why we have our DTI, TESDA, DOLE, and agriculture so that we can give them corresponding livelihood programs so that they will not slide back to their previous ways and offenses."
"This harm reduction program humanizes our war on drugs, nobody has to die, let's us give them their rightful intervention program so that at the end of the day they can go back to their own communities as law abiding and productive citizens in our community," Villanueva reiterated.
"Let us join our hands and work together to realize our vision of having a drug-free community," he added.
Among the highlights of the program were the ribbon cutting, signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Manifesto of Commitment of members of the Balay Silangan Municipal Oversight Committee.
"The Balay Silangan reformation program takes on a home-centered approach that would convince drug offenders to give themselves a second chance in life. (Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon/ PIA MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL)