Governor Joseph Cua addressing the 21 SDUs who completed the CBTR program in Bato.
Twenty-one Surrendered Drug Users in Bato completed the Community Based Rehabilitation program while three others in the General Intervention had their Moving Up Ceremony last Nov. 8, 2017 through the auspices of the CBTRP LGU Core Team.
The event at the Tingog Center was attended by Governor Joseph C. Cua, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Executive Judge Lelu P. Contreras, Bato Mayor Eulogio Rodriguez, PNP Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Felix Servita Jr. and the stakeholders like the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Parole and Probation Office (PPO).
In his message, Gov. Cua conveyed to the SDUs that Gov. Cua conveyed to the SDUs that the government is very determined to solve the drug problem in the country.
With the cooperation of the SDUs who voluntary surrendered in order to help their own selves, the governor expressed his gratitude and assured them that the local government will always be there to support and help them.
EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT. The surrendered drug users receive goods and cash from the provincial government as token of their participation to the program.
He also thanked everyone who gave their cooperation in the effective implementation of the Community Based Rehabilitation Program which is the first in the entire Bicol Region.
With the provincial government providing assistance in terms of goods and cash for the SDUs, Cua said that he has high hopes that they will continue to attend the sessions for their full recovery.
The agency stakeholders also presented the programs that they are offering to enable the SDUs become useful and productive in the community as part of their rehabilitation. The SDUs are given the opportunity to avail of the livelihood programs from DOLE as well as skills training from TESDA.
In response, the SDUs renewed their commitment to never use again illegal drugs and to pursue change not just for themselves but also for their family and the community.
Judge Contreras congratulated the completers of the CBTRP for showing their commitment, personal commitment to change and encouraged the SDUs to share what they have learned and experienced in the program through the LGU Core Team for the benefit of everyone.