74 sur­ren­derees nega­tive for drugs

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

SAN SI­MON – A to­tal of 74 drug sur­ren­derees from this town yes­ter­day un­der­went manda­tory drug ex­am­i­na­tions fa­cil­i­tated by the Mu­nic­i­pal Health Of­fice here.

The drug tests was ini­ti­ated by Chief In­sur­ren­derees spec­tor Ger m an Pas­cua, this town’s chief of po­lice, who wanted to en­sure that the sur­ren­derees are se­ri­ous in re­lin­quish­ing the use of il­le­gal d r u gs.

Pas­cua said the were re­quired drug test­ing in prepa­ra­tion for their en­trance to the Ba­hay Pag­babago ref­or­ma­tion cen­ter set to­day.

“Third batch na sila ng re­formists na pa­pa­sok sa Ba­hay Pag­babago. Pero bago sila tu­luyan puma­sok, gusto muna natin makasig­uro na gusto na ni­lang pag­babago at tinaliku­ran na ta­laga nila ang drugs sa pa­ma­m­ag­i­tan ng drug tests,” he said.

The one-day drug ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed the 74 are el­i­gi­ble for the lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s ref­or­ma­tion pro­gram, Pas­cua said.

Pas­cua added that from the to­tal 1,048 drug sur­ren­derees of San Si­mon, 97 of them al­ready un­der­went the three-month ref­or­ma­tion pro­gram which was rec­og­nized as one of the best in the re­gion. Aside from the drug tests, a one-stop shop of ac­tiv­i­ties was also or­ga­nized yes­ter­day by the lo­cal po­lice.

The event was par­tic­i­pated in by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment (DSWD) and De­part­ment of Health (DOH) for the ben­e­fit of the re­formists.

Pas­cua dis­closed that the Pam­panga Capi­tol of­fered a small en­gine me­chanic course while the DSWD and DOH con­ducted fam­ily as­sess­ment and med­i­cal pro­gram, re­spec­tively.

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