The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has proposed a P1.45-billion supplemental budget earmarked for the national drug rehabilitation program to attend to the needs of 600,000 surrenderers, an official said on Tuesday.
At a news conference dubbed as “Unang 100 Araw ng Pagbabago,” Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns Anton Hernandez added that the proposed allotment will go to after-care support for the drug surrenderers to go back to their community.
“The department … will soon be implementing the after-care, reintegration, rehabilitation and transformation support for recovering drug dependents,” Hernandez said.
“The department acted on instruction from Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco to submit the proposal to the DILG for the consolidation and to get the approval from Budget Secretary [Benjamin] Diokno,” he added, referring to the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
The proposal is for a total of P1,452,982,000 for October to December 2016 and the year 2017.
Target participants are 37,916 drug surrenderers [for the funds of October to December]that represents 10 percent of the surrenderers as of August 16 data of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The after-care program is part of the three-part rehabilitation supervised by the DILG.
According to Hernandez, the program will be the last stage of reintegration.
“What we want is to help the drug pushers and users who have surrendered to rehabilitate themselves and return of the mode of society as productive members,” he quoted DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo as saying.
“Our country’s drug problem has to be addressed through interventions that go to the root causes–poverty caused by lack of social support for many Filipinos, corruption in various levels in the various agencies in the government and lack of sustainable and productive employment for the poor,” Hernandez added.