Thu. Oct 28th, 2021

Over 780,000 individuals have so far availed of community-based wellness and recovery programs for drug surrenderers as part of the government’s holistic approach to the illegal drug problem, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday night.

(Photo Courtesy: AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS)

“We saw that in 2017, there were only 149,000 who availed of the community-based drug rehabilitation programs. By the second quarter 2021, we saw that 783,005 availed of the community-based drug rehabilitation program and we can tell that our countrymen had fully recovered,’’ Año told President Rodrigo Duterte partly in Filipino during his Talk to the People.

Año noted that the number of existing Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers has also increased to 22 this year, from only 13 in 2016.

At the same time, he reported that 63,758 individuals have enrolled in these centers as of this year and have fully recovered from drug addiction, from only 10,633 in 2016.

“That is why we have just proven that we are not merely enthusiastic in the operations against illegal drugs but also in rehabilitating our people,’’ the Interior Secretary stressed in Filipino.

He also said among the Anti-Drug Abuse Councils across the country’s 81 provinces, 22 are highly functional, 53 are moderately functional and six are low functional.

“On average, we have a 70.07 functionality grade among our local government units (LGUs),” he added.

Año, meanwhile, said authorities conducted 710 anti-illegal drug operations which resulted in the arrest of 1,025 suspects from October 3 to 9.

In the same period, 14 drug suspects surrendered and one was killed during the drug busts.

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