Wellness Program for Local Surrenderers, Launched
The city government of San Carlos thru the San Carlos City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (SCCADAC), San Carlos Diocesan Social Action Foundation and other local agencies launched its own community-based rehabilitation program for drug surrenderers last Nov. 19, 2016 at People’s Park Pavillon.
Said program called Kinabuhi Angay Ampingan Bag-ohon Alang sa Ginoo (KAABAG) aimed at giving strong moral, physical and livelihood support to drug personalities who surrendered to police authorities during the still running Oplan Tokhang and Double Barrel Operations.
Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the Diocese of San Carlos said that KAABAG anchors on three important approaches including Patient/Personal Care which encourages surrenderers to attend the 90-day meetings for overall physical and spiritual conditioning; Family Care which include members of the family of surrenderers to undergo same series of meetings to give the needed support; and, Community Care which involves different groups willing to support in terms of providing skills trainings to surrenderers so they will not be lured to return to drug trade and other illegal activities.
Punong Brgy. Laurito Dela Rita of Barangay III which is the pilot area for said program believes that God enabled said plan to give chance to the 51 surrenderers in his barangay who wanted to renew their lives.
Dela Rita encouraged said participants to share to others what they experienced in said wellness program so they too will join and benefit from it.
Also involved in said program are the City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Health Office, Kristohanong Katilingban (religious sector), Philippine National Police, among others.
Right after said launching, the group engaged in a boodle fight.
Earlier, said program already gained recognition and award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).