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PIA Press Release
2007/04/09

Commentary: There is hope for drug dependents

Tacloban City (April 9) -- Today, the Saving Lives at a Common Ground (SALAG) Regional Drug Rehabilitation Center, will hold its First Commencement Exercise for senior residents who have successfully completed the Residential and After Care Treatment Program.

The graduation of these senior residents should serve as an inspiration to the other drug dependents that it is not the end of the road for them, they can still fix their lives, if only they will allow the SALAG Regional Drug Rehabilitation Center to help them.

The First Commencement Exercise which will be held at the Pavilion Hall, SALAG Facility in Dulag, Leyte from 1:00 o’clock to 6:00 o’clock in the afternoon, is an opportunity to personally witness how the Center with its Therapeutic Community Modality helps individuals free themselves of their dependence on drugs while developing productive and healthy lives.

This activity will also emphasize the importance of an enhanced drive to continue the efforts towards the reduction of drug addiction in Region 8.

The SALAG Regional Drug Rehabilitation Center was conceptualized when Congresswoman Remedios L. Petilla was the chairperson of the Regional Development Council, in answer to the need for one such center which would cater to the drug dependents in the Region.

The project was continued by the Regional Development Council during the term of Southern Leyte Governor Rosette Lerias.

Recently, the Center was turned over to the Department of Health Region 8 pursuant to a department circular that Rehabilitation Centers must be under the care of the Department of Health.

Considered to be a hallmark project, the SALAG Drug Rehabilitation Center stands as a proof of the Government’s continuous support and care to every Filipino including the drug dependents.

The SALAG continuous to be the hope of the youth of Region 8 who are victims of illegal drugs pushers. (PIA 8) [top]

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