Sipalay runs community-based rehab sessions


The City Government of Sipalay recently completed the third batch of Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) for 23 Person Who Used Dugs (PWUDs) as part of its effort to help people with substance use disorders achieve and maintain a meaningful and sustained recovery.

The CBRP is one of Mayor Maria Gina Lizares’ priority programs during her first term as the local chief executive. Her goal is to provide a venue for transformation and rehabilitation to willing PWUDS. The CBRP, she said, is also an opportunity for the participants to become productive members of the society.

Hon. Pepello said the essence of the CBRP is its holistic approach where participants can develop their skills in coping with the difficulties in life while avoiding illegal drugs as a means of escape.

The participants will undergo five days of transformation that will include lectures and activities on health, disaster response, spiritual encounters parole and probation, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, among others.

The session was also joined by Povincial CBRP Coordinator Hon. Juvy Pepello along with members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, the barangay drug clearing officer, activity organizers from the city government, and barangay officials.

At present, the city has 12 drug-cleared barangay after successfully conducting a CBRP session last July and completing all the requirements amid the pandemic. This puts the city as the forerunner in the province with the most drug-cleared barangays to date.