Drug rehab program for Pasig inmates launched

August 18, 2019

DUE to the increasing numbers of inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDL) who can’t avail of treatment and rehabilitation, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Pasig City launched a  drug recovery intervention program for them.

Pasig City Jail Warden Superintendent Emmanuel Tolentino led the recent launching of the Katatagan Kontra Droga sa Komunidad (KKDK).

Tolentino said KKDK is a psycho-educational drug recovery intervention program introduced by the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP).

It is an institution- and community–based drug rehabilitation that provides counseling modules on drug recovery skills, life skills, and family skills.

Under the program, the rehabilitation of PDLs will be conducted inside the jail facility under the supervision of trained BJMP  personnel, officers of the Anti–Drug Abuse Council of Pasig City (ADCOP) and Substance Abuse Treatment Office of Pasig ( SATOP)  Tolentino explained.

“Sa dami ng nahuli in line sa campaign ng government against illegal drugs (na) dinadala sa rehab centers and facilities, hindi na ma-accommodate na kailangan mag-undergo ng rehabilitation,” Tolentino said.

That is why the leadership of the BJMP decided to conduct their rehabilitation inside the jail facilities.

Under the program, inmates will undergo a two-hour session once a week for six months inside Pasig City Jail

Over 600 PDLs are set to undergo the program at Pasig City Jail and prepare them when they return to the community.  

Nearly three years into the government war on illegal drugs, police have rounded up thousands of people under Oplan Tokhang but few of them have undergone rehabilitation.