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Hope and life emerge amid drug war deaths

A MEDAL AND A ROSARY. These are the precious gifts that Cebu Archbishop Jose  Palma gave to each of the  25 drug surrenderers who, after six months, cleaned themselves of drug addiction and graduated from the barangay-based drug rehabilitation program. The event was commemorated with a Mass officiated by Palma at the San Roque Parish in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City.

They surrendered and lived to tell their stories. And to these men and women who, only months ago, could not even imagine giving up a life of drugs, it was a day like no other. Wearing green shirts with a scripture text proclaiming a rebirth in Christ, at least 25 individuals who were once enslaved […]

Posted: February 17th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Only 2 scholars in Capitol’s program for drug surrenderers


Despite the rising number of drug users who surrendered under the government’s intense campaign against illegal drugs, only a few, including their families, have so far availed of government-backed programs to help them take charge of their lives beyond drugs. Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale lamented that of the almost 50,000 drug surrenderers in Cebu, […]

Posted: January 22nd, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

DSWD exec tackles projects for street kids, drug surrenderers

DSWD Undersecretary Mae Fe Templa shares to the group the efforts of the department in helping street children and drug surrenderers. At left is Dilaab Foundation Executive Director Fr. Carmelo Diola. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary for Institutional Development Mae Fe Templa recently attended a consultation and coordination meeting in Cebu City. Templa met the team of Dilaab Foundation Inc. headed by Fr. Carmelo Diola to discuss some church-based projects for street children and drug surrenderers. She was joined by the team of […]

Posted: January 17th, 2017 in Community | Read More »

Town police chief sacked


MINGLANILLA Police Station Commander, Chief Insp. Florendo Fajardo was relieved from his post while his men are under investigation by the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7). This came after Fajardo’s admission that the persons they arrested during an illegal cockfight were made to sign a blank sheet of paper that later on tagged […]

Posted: December 29th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Minglanilla cops facing probe for ‘Tokhang arrests’


MINGLANILLA police officers will be investigated after a complaint will be filed by a director of a national government office accusing them of forcing people arrested in an anti-illegal gambling raid to sign a paper claiming they were drug surrenderers in an alleged Oplan Tokhang operation last December 25. Director Roger de Dios of the […]

Posted: December 27th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

A different kind of surrender

Rene Francisco, co-founder of IT Works Chemical Dependency Treatment Center in Ozamiz City, builds good rapport with SuGod participants because he too was a former drug addict. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

PART 2 (A four-part series on why there is hope for drug users and pusher) Rene Francisco, 57, was an addict whose addiction to drugs and alcohol started in high school, back in Ozamiz City. Sent to the best schools, Rene always ended up at the guidance counselor or principal’s office. His parents, Jun and […]

Posted: December 27th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

65 Cebu barangays claim to be ‘drug-free’


More barangays in Cebu have recently claimed to be “drug-free.” Senior Supt. Eric Noble, director of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), told reporters on Thursday that 65 more barangays in Cebu also claimed to be free of the illegal substance. These villages are located in the municipalities of Dumanjug, Tabuelan, San Francisco, Poro, Tudela, […]

Posted: December 15th, 2016 in Breaking | Read More »

Few drug surrenderers avail of brgy-based treatment-CPADAO


Despite the rising number of drug surrenderers in Cebu, the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) laments a significantly low turnout of surrenderers who actually commit to a community-based treatment program. CPADAO head Ivy Durano-Meca cites the case of Bogo City, for instance. Meca said Bogo, one of the local government units (LGUs) that already […]

Posted: December 13th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

CPADAO: Agencies should work together


A CEBU provincial official is calling for coordination of concerned agencies in addressing the issue of minor drug surrenderers. Carmen Durano-Meca, Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) director, said yesterday that it would be difficult for them to identify minors among the 42,158 drug surrenderers in the province. But last month, Meca said that thy […]

Posted: December 12th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Mandaue drug surrenderers get free groceries


ASIDE from livelihood, why not entice drug suspects to surrender with free groceries? The Mandaue City Police Office recorded 50 drug surrenderers in the past three weeks since they launched their “Grocery for Surrenderers.” Senior Supt. Roberto Alanas said they told previous surrenderers to either tell their family and friends who were involved in illegal […]

Posted: December 6th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »