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Balay Silangan awaits 30 more drug reformists for Batch 4

The South Cotabato Balay Silangan Reformatory Center awaits the coming of another 30 drug reformists that will comprise the Batch 4 early this June.
This was after at least 30 drug reformists from the 3rd Batch- Batang Silangan (BatSi 111)  completed their six months In-House Reformatory Program in Tupi on May 14, 2021.
During the completion ceremony, the program was attended by Mayor Romeo Tamayo, Mr. Rudy Jimenea, PADAC focal person, PSWD Officer Haide Agustin, Ms. Genelene Vidanes, Center Manager; and representatives from PDEA.
The Balay Silangan is one of the flagship programs of Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr. which offers holistic reformatory rehabilitation services to recovering drug dependents by providing various programs on psychological and spiritual intervention, education health, and livelihood.

All these for FREE.

The center provides reform to the negative attitude and behaviors of drug personalities for them to be able to become productive, law-abiding citizens and acceptable to society.

Under the leadership of the then Center Manager Jonathan Jovero, the facility has fulfilled its objectives of providing a free decent and conducive reformatory facility for drug personalities; conduct various counseling and support sessions for clients to gain recovery and relapse prevention skills, and conduct sessions to families in support to clients’ recovery.

Presently, under the management of Ms. Genelene Vidanes, RSW as the new Center Manager, the center has slowly fulfilled its final phase of intervention by providing livelihood and skills training with skills matching based on capacity and job opportunities of each client.

With the funding support from the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, an initial Php500k coming from the 2020 funds was allocated for the livelihood program dubbed as Alalay Sa Negosyo, Ginhawa at Trabaho or ANGAT program.

Early this year, 19 beneficiaries from the Batang Silangan (BatSi) Batch 1 were qualified as recipients of a Php10,000 capital seed fund.

This year, it increased to Php2 million with the aim to provide a livelihood to more deserving clients.

At present, more than a hundred clients from the three batches have graduated from the program.

Prior to their completion of Batch 3, the center has provided training on Beauty Care for women and Welding for men. This is to equip them with knowledge and skills in preparation for possible employment opportunities after their return to society.

To further the improvement of the center, construction for the makeshift kitchen has started that will serve as the venue for training on bread and pastry, commercial cooking, and the like. The management also plans to put up a welding shop where clients can execute their prowess while on training.

With the province’s mission of promoting participatory, transparent, and accountable governance, it sees to it the even those who were once left in the dark are given second chances, even these drug offenders.

With all the reforms and rehabilitation given to them, they have seen the rays of hope as they traverse the path towards full recovery in the arms of their families and society.


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