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VALENZUELA CITY: Some 30 for­mer drug de­pen­dents re­cently grad­u­ated from re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion re­ceived ₱10,000 each from the city gov­ern­ment of Valenzuela City. Zyan Caiña, Valenzuela Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fice head, said, “It is one way Valenzuela City is wel­com­ing them back to the so­ci­ety. We want them to start their small busi­nesses.” Caiña said the ef­fort is part of the city’s 18-month af­ter care pro­gram dubbed VC Cares Plus. Prior to the award­ing of cap­i­tal grants, the ben­e­fi­cia­ries also re­ceived fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and ba­sic co­op­er­a­tive train­ing fa­cil­i­tated by the Co­op­er­a­tive De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (CDO). Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said, “The lo­cal gov­ern­ment has done its part. Now it’s up to them to carry on and be­come pro­duc­tive mem­bers of the city.” (Kate Louise B. Javier)

TAGUIG CITY: Two men sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in il­le­gal drugs ac­tiv­i­ties were shot dead by uniden­ti­fied gun­men in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Taguig City, Fri­day. Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Alexan­der San­tos, chief of Taguig City Po­lice, iden­ti­fied the vic­tims as Bri­an­son Es­gra and Michael Mesa. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the two were gunned down seven hours apart. Es­gra was shot dead along Block 15, Lot 1, Herbs Ex­ten­sion, New Lower Bi­cu­tan around 8:45 p.m. Mesa was killed on Visayas Street, Barangay New Lower Bi­cu­tan around 1:55 p.m. (Martin A. Sadong­dong) QUE­ZON CITY: The Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) will forge to­day a twin mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment (MOA) with the Bureau of Cor­rec­tions (BuCor) and the Bureau of Jail Man­age­ment and Penol­ogy (BJMP) au­tho­riz­ing the agency to put up of­fices in both jail fa­cil­i­ties. PDEA Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Aaron Aquino said the move will al­low PDEA agents to per­form reg­u­lar op­er­a­tions in the BuCor and BJMP con­trolled jails. He added as part of the MOA, the agency will per­form sim­i­lar du­ties at the Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tute for Women (CIW). (Chito A. Chavez) ILOILO CITY: Seventy-nine of the 747 drug sur­ren­der­ers have grad­u­ated from a com­mu­nity-based re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram ini­ti­ated by the re­spec­tive ru­ral health units of the five mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Guimaras Prov­ince. Data pro­vided by the Guimaras pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fice re­vealed that as of Mon­day, 305 drug sur­ren­der­ers were as­sessed us­ing the Ma­trix In­ten­sive Out-Pa­tient (MIOP) Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. The town of Jor­dan has 108 as­sessed out of 153 sur­ren­der­ers; 174 from 209 of San Lorenzo; and 23 out of the 25 sur­ren­der­ers from Si­bunag. The as­sess­ment is still on­go­ing for 175 sur­ren­der­ers from Bue­nav­ista and 185 from Nueva Va­len­cia. The 79 grad­u­ates were from the towns of San Lorenzo with 56 and Si­bunag with 23. The new screen­ing and as­sess­ment us­ing the MIOP was con­ducted af­ter the De­part­ment of Health (DOH) rolled out a train­ing se­ries last year for per­son­nel of the mu­nic­i­pal anti-drug abuse coun­cil that will spear­head the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion under the helm of the ru­ral health of­fi­cer.

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