The city government of Valenzuela will kick off this weekend its community-based wellness program for surrenderees involved in illegal drug activities.
The six-month program is outpatient rehabilitation for “tokhang” surrenderees, which involves training, seminar and hands-on activities intended to motivate the drug dependents to forgo illegal drug use.
Mayor Rex Gatchalian, also the chairman of the Valenzuela Anti-Drug Abuse Council, said the simultaneous conduct of the program in the city’s 33 barangays “is expected to help the surrenderees be reintegrated in their communities so they could get back to their normal lives.”
City and barangay officials, Philippine National Police-Valenzuela, 120 barangay service coordinators, and 1,309 outpatient drug surrenderees and their families will join Gatchalian in the program.
The kick-off activity will take place at Barangay Polo covered court at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Lawang Bato Covered court at 10 a.m. to noon; Astrodome, Dalandanan, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Nov. 20 at Mapulang Lupa covered court at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and the Gen. T. De Leon High School basketball court at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.