The city government of Muntinlupa launched recently a training program for medical personnel aimed at utilizing them for the reintegration of drug dependents.
Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the workshop, also attended by doctors and social workers, is part of a holistic recovery and rehabilitation program to help drug dependents.
Muntinlupa City Health Office acting chief Dr. Juancho Bunyi said the local health office, in cooperation with the Local Council for the Protection of Children, conducted the four-day training initially attended by 12 doctors, six nurses, two midwife practitioners, four social workers and two members of the Muntinlupa Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Office.
Bunyi said the workshop equipped the participants with a DoH provisional accreditation to perform assessment, screening and referral of treatment of drug dependents who will surrender to local authorities.
Trained doctors will be authorized to recommend the type of treatment that the drug dependents need to undergo such as in-house treatment, referral to rehabilitation facilities or through a local community-based program.
He added that Muntinlupa City is the first LGU to organize the basic course for accreditation of medical personnel in NCR.
“The accreditation of medical personnel is one of the various strategies that we are implementing to improve the local anti-illegal drugs campaign. It is our goal that drug dependents who will surrender to the government will eventually be fully integrated back to society,” Bunyi noted.
The city is at the forefront in giving alternative programs for the rehabilitation of drug dependent surrenderers through MAPALAD, a local recovery approach for drug-users.
Beyond medical and psychiatric interventions, the local government provides scholarships and loans to hundreds of drug dependents who surrendered to local authorities.
Screened surrenderers will receive assistance such as enrollment in technical-vocational institution and zero-interest loan financing for business.
Recently, the local government also entered into a partnership with Department of Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (DoH-TRC) to fund the rehabilitation of drug users and pushers who have surrendered.
Fresnedi, DOH-TRC Bicutan director Dr. Marvin Diokno, and DoH-TRC Tagaytay representative Jocelyn Belencion inked a memorandum of agreement last June for policies in the acceptance of indigent drug dependents in the rehabilitation facilities.
The subsidy, amounting to P10 million, will benefit indigent drug dependents who are financially challenged to undergo the program.
Fresnedi has expressed support to President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs and pushes for the recovery and rehabilitation of those who have given up to authorities.