Ifugao druggies recount past; eye better life, future

>> Saturday, May 20, 2017

KIANGAN, Ifugao -- More than a hundred drug surrenderees in the province are optimistic of better life, harmonious relationship with family and community after completing rehabilitation program here at Ifugao Reflection Camp.
In their testimonies during recognition ceremony at Kiangan War Memorial Shrine, some of the 109 drug surrenderees said the IRC helped them mend their way of living for better future, family and environment.
They completed 6-month rehabilitation
program that can qualify them for recommendation for delisting from drug watch list.
A female drug surrendered from Lagawe said her life before had no direction.
Her children and neighbors were afraid of her due to her illegal drug activities but her life changed when she became an IRC camper.
“When my family learned that I entered the IRC, they supported me and helped me to start a small business,” she added.
Another camper from Lamut narrated through activities at the IRC, his relationship to God and family was strengthened. “Dahil sa illegal na droga ay muntik na kaming maghiwalay ng asawa ko dahil sa aking ginagawa. Kaya kayong mga kabataan, huwag ninyong subukan na gumamit ng bawal na gamot,” he said.
Two drug surrenderers also urged the public not to misjudge them because they really wanted to have peaceful and normal life like others in the community.
“We are enjoining your support, don’t be afraid of us, we are already reformed and we want also to be advocates against illegal drugs,” they stated.
The youngest drug surrenderee urged others to live a normal life and be an example or asset in the community to avoid being jailed.
The recognition ceremony was graced by DSWD Assistant Secretaries Lorraine Badoy and Anton Hernandez, and Office of the President Assistant Secretary Aurora Ignacio. -- PIA Ifugao


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