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‘Balay Silangan’ opens doors for drug rehab

Bacolod City and BCPO officials with the first batch of beneficiaries during the launching of Balay Silangan Reformation Center* BCD PIO photo

Balay Silangan Reformation Center launched operations Tuesday, sited adjacent to the Bacolod City Police Office compound, Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City.

During its opening ceremony, the first batch of beneficiaries that would undergo a month-long reformation program in the center were presented.

The beneficiaries are drug offenders of Bacolod City, endorsed by the parole and probation office.

Only 17 out of 31 candidates qualified for Balay Silangan after a series of free pre-qualification tests.

With the help of other government agencies, the month-long reformation program will consist of religious, sports, personal hygiene and basic life skills activities, to name a few.

Afterwards, a community-based aftercare rehabilitation program for drug reformists will be conducted with the assessment of social workers in coordination with the Balay Silangan technical working group.

They will assess the suitable aftercare program a drug reformist needs and how long it will last.

The drug reformists may be deployed under various education, training, and advocacy interventions.

Balay Silangan is the first reformation facility in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, and it is under the supervision of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The event was attended by Executive Assistant Head Carmeli Bantug-Zayco (on behalf of CADAC Chairperson Mayor Albee Benitez), Chair on Social Services Committee Councilor Simplicia Distrito, and Balay Silangan Director Retired Police Brigadier General Primitivo Tabujara Jr.

Also present were BCPO Director PCol. Thomas Joseph Martir, Department of Social Services and Development Head Pacita Tero, DILG 6 officer May Theresa Malongayon, and IA 1 Jayr Espares, PDEA Negros Occidental assistant provincial officer.*

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