PROVINCE INKS PARTNERSHIP TO CAPACITATE DRUG OFFENDERS
DAVAO ORIENTAL– The Provincial Government recently inked partnership with J.J Valderrama Behavioral Management Center (JJVBMC) to provide a more holistic rehabilitation for drug offenders in the province.
The partnership, which was signed by Governor Nelson Dayanghirang and Jerry Joseph Valderrama, Chief Executive Officer of JJVBMC, directs the latter to provide planning, design, development and evaluation of the treatment program and services implemented for the province’s community-based drug rehabilitation center, Balay Silangan. While the center is tasked to design an intervention program with treatment manual, provide a team of addiction professionals and center’s staff, and submit it to the provincial government thru Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) periodic progress reports with discussions on strengths and areas for improvement.
Dayanghirang said it is the goal of the Provincial Government to give former drug offenders a chance to fully rehabilitate, heal themselves, and to redeem their dignity in the society. He is optimistic that the center will be able to provide more intervention programs to fully heal and reintegrate drug personalities and help them become more productive and acceptable members in the society.
In the said partnership, the province will be able to maximize budget allocation for the facility since the service provider has already enough manpower and well-trained experts who will handle the patients rather than the province having to train and hire personnel.
JJVBMC service provider employs specialists, drug addiction healing experts, clinical psychologists, doctors, health officers, and staff who are willing to capacitate patients to achieve mental wellness through innovation and evidence-based approaches.
Balay Silangan, is one of the anti-drug programs of the government that offers values formation, life coaching sessions and social norms lectures in preparation for their reintegration the mainstream society.