City’s drug re­hab pro­gram has very low aware­ness rate

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DRUG re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­fort of the city gov­ern­ment of Davao for drug re­formists has a very low aware­ness rate from the Dabawenyos at 4.63 per­cent, show­ing that peo­ple are more aware of the en­force­ment side rather than of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ini­tia­tives of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Dr. Adrian Ta­mayo, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Univer­sity of Min­danao (UM) In­sti­tute of Pop­u­lar Opin­ion (IPO), said that peo­ple are less fa­mil­iar of the Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Coun­cil (Cadac), the body des­ig­nated to im­ple­ment pro­gram on anti-drugs in the grass­roots level to com­ple­ment the ag­gres­sive cam­paign of the na­tional gov­ern­ment against il­le­gal drugs.

“The drug-re­lated pro­gram is more on the law en­force­ment, it’s not more on the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and peo­ple are think­ing if the PNP (Philippine Na­tional Po­lice) are do­ing it, Pdea (Philippine Drug En­force­ment Agency) are do­ing it. They sel­dom know about Cadac. Few peo­ple know about Cadac,” Ta­mayo said.

He said the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is on the sec­ondary level in­stead of the fore­front thus, there is also the ten­dency not to ac­cess the ser­vice.

The sur­vey was con­ducted last Oc­to­ber 11 to Oc­to­ber 21 on 1,200 in­di­vid­u­als (5 per­cent mar­gin of er­ror and 95 per­cent con­fi­dence level), where the sur­veyed were asked to rate from 1 to 10 their aware­ness of var­i­ous ser­vices of the city gov­ern­ment, where 10 is the high­est.

It showed that drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is among the least fa­mil­iar ser­vices of the gov­ern­ment with 4.63 aware­ness and 3.11 ac­ces­si­bil­ity. Ac­cord­ing to him, the two have cor­re­la­tion be­cause the less fa­mil­iar a pro­gram is, the less like­li­hood that it will be availed of.

“It’s at the back­side not fore­front. This is the time the CADAC should be at the fore­front and play a sig­nifi-

cant role be­cause it’s more on en­force­ment the na­ture of ad­dress­ing the drug prob­lem,” he said.

Cadac should also be proac­tive on up­dat­ing who are those who availed the ser­vices, the sur­ren­derees and their sta­tus.

“The Cadac is still its for­ma­tive stage not yet nakaarangkada. So we may ex­pect next year or in two years’ time that the bal­ance would change. It would be more re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and less on the en­force­ment. That’s the kind of un­der­stand­ing our Dabawenyos have rel­a­tive to drug abuse prob­lem,” he added. JCR

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