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DavNor drug-dependents to enjoy free rehab service

TAGUM CITY (7 December) -- Luntiang Paraiso Rehabilitation Center (LPRC) drug-dependent residents from Davao del Norte will soon be enjoying free-of-charge rehabilitation services.

Davao del Norte governor Gelacio Gementiza on Monday (December 5) called on members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to review and amend the ordinance establishing LPRC.

He warned LPRC residents who are locals of Davao del Norte to get the services free and as much as possible get a 60 percent slot from the total occupancy of the center.

"Unahon nato ang mga taga-Davao del Norte," (let us prioritize those from Davao del Norte) he said on Monday's convocation ceremony sponsored by LPRC as its culmination activity of the Anti-drug Abuse Month which bannered the theme, "Pinoy, BILIB (Believe, Innovate, Lead, Inspire, Build) Ako."

Run by the provincial government of Davao del Norte, LPRC became fully operational during the time of former Governor Rodolfo del Rosario.

In the same occasion, Vice-Governor Antonio Rafael "Anthony" del Rosario said facilities like LPRC "is costing money" on the government as a service-oriented entity but its impact on the lives of people is immeasurable.

Sharing his thoughts, he said money can never be a measure to how lives have been improved, families have become happy out of the services they get from such kind of facility.

As the guest speaker, del Rosario discussed about giving a chance for drug-dependents to gain renewed lives and prove their worth.

He saw among the rehabilitated drug-dependents a potential to become future leaders because "they have finally realized their weaknesses."

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old LPRC girl residents delivered her testimony regarding how she ended up admitted for rehabilitation.

When she got into drugs at 13 years old, eventually her studies turned failure and relationship with family members turned sour.

"Sukol na ko sa ako ginikanan hangtod nga liabon na nako akong tatay. Nangawat na ko ug kwarta para ipalit ug drugs," (I fought against my parents, up to the point that my father choked me. I stole money to buy drugs) she said.

While in LPRC, she even tried committing suicide but failed to do so.

The girl-resident called on the youth to stay out of drug addiction saying this brings nothing good but destruction to life. (PIA/JMDAbangan) [top]

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