Muntinlupa to assist drug users

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Muntinlupa City will assist drug users and pushers who surrendered to the police by providing them financial assistance and employment opportunities.

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At a Peace and Order Council meeting attended by city officials and barangay
representatives, Mayor Jaime Fresnedi discussed the city government’s programs for those who surrendered, such as MAPALAD (Mamamayan at Pamilya Laban sa Droga), a one-stop shop after care program for relinquished drug users and pushers.

The Barangay Drug Abuse Council will provide financial assistance to qualified beneficiaries, set periodic physical activities and monitor those who surrendered, assist in the conduct of drug forums and awareness and provide transportation for patients under temporary confinement.

Employment opportunities, education in a technical-vocational institute, financial assistance for business start-ups, and scholarships, among others will be provided after a series of monitoring and involvement of intervention programs.

As of July 19, the Muntinlupa police said 1,167 drug users and pushers have surrendered and 24 were arrested.

The city government also released steps in the processing of drug surrenderers.

Minors and females will undergo psychological assessment, while adult males will be interviewed. The drug users and pushers will undergo a socioeconomic survey to determine if they qualify to be beneficiaries of the Crisis Assistance for the Rehabilitation of Indigent Drug Dependent, a cost-sharing scheme provided under Section 74, Republic Act 9165.

Minors and adults will undergo medical and dental examination to be managed by the City Health Office.

The meeting also discussed the proposal to build halfway or holding houses for those who surrendered, as well as an after-care integration program for those willing to undergo rehabilitation, where scholarships, capital, and employment referrals for “functional drug dependants” will then be provided.

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