- Written by LGOO V Janwen C. Gaspar
- Category: News and Updates
- Published: 05 May 2017
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The Municipality of Hamtic, through the able leadership of Mayor Julius Ronald L. Pacificador, in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Antique, Philippine National Police (PNP)-Regional Office VI, PNP-Hamtic, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Antique, DILG-Hamtic, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region VI and National Auxiliary Chaplaincy of the Philippines (NACPHIL) launched its “Exodus to Recovery: A Community-Based Rehabilitation Program for Illegal Drug Surrenderers” on March 27, 2017, 2:00 PM at the DECS Building, Hamtic, Antique.
The launching of the Exodus to Recovery marked the onset of the 26-day Community-Based Rehabilitation Program 9(CBRP) for the 101 drug surrenderers in the Municipality of Hamtic, Antique. The said activity was attended by the total surrenderer population in the 21 drug-affected barangays and concerned Punong Barangays. Honoured guests, key officials, functionaries and surrenderers were welcomed by Hon. Julius L. Pacificador who also concisely presented the main objective of the program.
Also, the activity was graced by the presence and words of Hon. Rhodora J. Cadiao, Governor of the Province of Antique who underscored that the CBRP is a door which opens a bright opportunity for surrenderers to embrace and live new and promising lives. This was also supported by words of inspiration given by distinguished guests, namely, P/SSupt. Christopher E. Tambungan, Deputy Regional Director for Operations, PNP Regional Office VI, Dir. Victorio S. Pagapulan, CESO V, Provincial Director, DILG-Antique, Levi S. Ortiz, Assistant Regional Director-PDEA VI and P/SSupt. Leo Irwin O. Agpangan, Acting Provincial Director, Antique PPO.
A brief overview on the program was given by Chaplain Himinio A. Guillermo, Counselling Specialist of NACPHIL wherein he discussed the implementation scheme of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program. He stated that the rehabilitation program will be inclusive of exercises aimed towards the moral recovery of concerned drug surrenderers to prepare them for future community integration. He further stressed that the program operations shall be spearheaded by NACPHIL in cooperation with key officials, functionaries, offices and agencies in Hamtic, Antique. In relation to this, Chaplain Maria Assumpta R. Flores, the National Program Director of NACPHIL apprised the attendees of the identity of NACPHIL as an organization and catalyst of moral rehabilitation.
As a token of appreciation for this milestone, the Provincial Government of Antique awarded one computer set to the Municipality of Hamtic
which was taken under the accountability of Hamtic Municipal Police Station.
Appreciation and gratitude was expressed by P/SSupt., Leo Irwin O. Agpangan and P/Insp. Josefo L. Dime to all stakeholders of this collaborative effort. The program was closed by Hon. Edgar Denosta, Vice-Governor, Province of Antique, who reminded the surrenderers that the process is a transition towards a better life. (LGOO V Janwen C. Gaspar, MLGOO-Hamtic, Antique)