More than 70 plus of the Save (the non-users) And Love The (Drug) Users-Community-Based Rehabilitation Program or SALTU-CBRP participants observed the 43rd Nutrition Month inside the Cultural Center Gymnasium in the Municipality of Tubod on July 24, 2017. The Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Melania A. Untao and Dr. Maria Filipina Cabrera Camins head of the Municipal Health Office of Tubod joined together to share the importance of healthy nutrition to each participants.
The activity aims to culminate the Annual Nutrition Month Celebration by imparting to participants knowledge, skills and encourage positive change in attitude towards wellness and nutrition through a one day activity of dynamic lectures and games.
The goals and objectives of the activity: Impart knowledge and raise awareness on wellness and nutrition through a lecture by guest speaker vis a vis the theme “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life”, Provide information on livelihood programs related to farming/gardening of vegetables and fruits, Conduct games that promote awareness on nutrition and wellness, Provide nutritious foods to participants (CBRP participants) to demonstrate preparation of a wee-balanced meal, and Impart knowledge on stress management through spiritual lecture facilitated by SALTU and spiritual group in the area.
These 70 plus CBRP participants voluntarily turned themselves over to the Philippine National Police through their respective Barangay Chairman. The Department of Health is the agency who were tasked to screened them before joining the program initiated by Mayor Leoncio Bagol of the Municipality of Tubod, the Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, and in coordination with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Health Office.
The Non-Government Organization who facilitated the program is the Holistic Humanitarian Initiatives and Development, Inc. through SALTU-CBRP [Save (the non-users) And Love The (Drug) Users]-Community-Based Rehabilitation Program. For almost a month these CBRP participants stayed inside the Cultural Center to get away from temptation in their communities, and gradually ending their body’s drug dependency in a controlled and happy environment.
According to Raymond Gregg Pina, Community Organizer of SALTU Program, at first, it was very challenging and needs a lot of patience to win the hearts of these participants. Each one of them has a story to tell unique from the other that is why you really have to know their background before you will understand them. As days go by, slowly they began to open up because we made them feel that we are their older brothers, we are here to listen and help them to rebuild their self confidence said Pina.
The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the leadership of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo initiated and supported various anti-drug programs in the province. One of the programs that Governor Angging strongly supported is the MASA MASID or Mamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamayang Ayaw Sa Droga initiated by the Department of Interior and Local Government. This is a barangay based program to stop criminality, end corruption and anti-illegal drugs. The Governor with its Provincial Board Members along with the two District Congressmen of Lanao del Norte and the Municipal Mayors are firmly behind President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s campaign of fighting and ending the proliferation of illegal drugs that affects the productivity of the citizens and the future of our beloved country.
As of now there were 12 barangays in the Municipality of Tubod that have participated and accompanied their constituents’ mostly young men with ages ranging from 14-29 years old. Each Chairman of these 12 barangays personally brought these young men to the Municipal Police Station to express their willingness to join the program. These barangays are: Barakanas, Bulod, Camp-5, Candis, Dalama, Malingao, Palao, Patudan, Poblacion, Taden, Taguranao and Tangueguiron.
TESDA have equipped these young men with enough skills in Mechanical, Welding, Electrical and Driving for them to use after finishing the program on July 31, 2017. The Alternative Learning Skills or ALS also conducted workshops in Dancing, Singing and Acting with them. The Department of Social Welfare will also provide livelihood assistance for this first batch of CBRP participants. Spiritual group regularly visits these young men to guide them back to the road leading towards God by making their faith stronger by the day.
The community supported the program, where most business sectors in the area have given t-shirts, foods and some are willing to give these young men another chance by employing them as drivers, electricians, welders in their construction or mechanics in their automotive shops. The men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will visit them on the day before their graduation to give them haircuts and share motivational message to encourage these young men to be a good citizen of the Republic.
The SALTU-CBRP is well accepted by the community especially by the parents. In the next batch there are more than 200 individuals who already expressed their voluntary participation to the said program. PIO-LDN