Torch light­ing in Ar­gao, drug tests in Cebu schools

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - USJ-R I NTERNS ROS­ALIE O . ABATAYO AND KRIS­TINE Q . REMO LISAN

ABOUT 800 out of 1,747 drug sur­ren­der­ers in Ar­gao town will light torches at the road­side dur­ing an event en­ti­tled “Lakang sa Ka­hayag (Walk to Light) on Septem­ber 26.

“Lakang sa Ka­hayag will tell res­i­dents of Ar­gao town and the world that there is al­ways room for change,” Ar­gao Mayor Stan­ley Caminero said.

Ar­gao town’s com­mu­nity-based re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram con­sists of six months of con­stant in­ter­ven­tions.

Ar­gao mu­nic­i­pal in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Khayrr Jakos­alem said the Lakang sa Ka­hayag is the first phase in the six-month re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram.

He said they will also launch their pro­gram Win­ners or Wholis­tic In­ter­ven­tion, Nur­tur­ing Nar­cotics Ed­u­ca­tion Re­sources and Sus­tain­abil­ity af­ter the torch light­ing.

The pro­gram will in­clude liveli­hood train­ing, Jakos­alem said.

In the prov­ince, the Cebu Provin­cial Anti-Drug Abuse Of­fice (CPADAO) will con­duct ran­dom drug tests in all of Cebu’s mu­nic­i­pal schools.

CPADAO Chief Ivy Du­rano-Meca said po­lice of­fi­cers as­signed in the prov­ince will also be tested. /

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