The provincial government of South Cotabato is planning to replicate the Department of Health’s (DOH) outpatient treatment and after care program in Davao City for the rehabilitation and treatment of the province’s surfacing drug personalities.
Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) chief, said studies are underway for the implementation of the initiative in the province in coordination with its 11 city and municipal governments.
He said the initiative mainly involves the establishment of the province’s own outpatient treatment and after care center for drug dependents.
Members of the local government’s Technical Working Group (TWG) on the Surfacing Personalities Involved in Illegal Drugs (SPIDs) recently visited the center, which is the only government facility of its kind in Davao City, he said.
The facility is managed by the DOH in Region 11.
“We consider it the most appropriate option for the province in terms of the rehabilitation and treatment of the identified SPIDs,” said Aturdido, who heads the TWG.
The official said the planned facility will mainly handle the counseling of residents with drug use problems to enable them to cope and manage with their cravings for prohibited drugs and relapses.
He said it would teach and instruct the SPIDs in the prevention and management of relapses; develop new social networks and peer-group programs that will operate in a self-help orientation under professional supervision; provide services to increase their self-reliance and integration into society through educational, vocational, and social programs; enable them to identify and alleviate high risk factors of drug use problem; and, assist them to develop positive social support system.
It will also spearhead the development and introduction of skills training for service providers and families of the SPIDS in dealing with high risk factors; development of community-based treatment services for accessible facilities with quality services and support groups to assist them in the recovery process and maintenance of abstinence; and, coordinate and collaborate with partner agencies to sustain and improve its services, he said.
To fast track the program’s implementation, the official said they are currently assisting the province’s 10 towns and lone city in the activation of their own TWGs on the SPIDS based on the mandate given by the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council.
The council had directed the 11 local government units to issue executive orders (EOs) for the creation of the TWG and the appointment of its head and secretariat.
Aturdido said only Koronadal City and the municipalities of Polomolok, Sto. Niño and Tupi have not yet issued the EOs.
The other municipalities have yet to appoint the head of their TWGs and members of the secretariat, he added.(PNA)