DAVAO CITY- Thirty former pushers and users of illegal drugs who voluntarily surrendered to police in Davao City's Toril district last year gathered again for the launch of a community-based rehabilitation program Saturday.
The Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council launched its "TARA NA" or Tabangan ang Reformista aron Naay Asenso (Help those who are changing their lives towards progress) program as part of the revamped anti-narcotics campaign of the Philippine National Police.
Attendees of the launch submitted themselves to a drug test to show that they have already changed their ways.
"We conducted drug test to know if they are still using illegal drugs. Those who did not come will be the subject of our surveillance and monitoring," said Toril Station Commander Chief Inspector Ronald Lao.
Aside from former drug users in Toril, 77 former illegal drug users and pushers from Barangay Baracatan, Sibulan, Atan-awe, Camansi and Barangay Daliaon Plantation also underwent the drug test.
One from Barangay Atan-awe tested positive for illegal drugs.
Police will submit the result to a crime laboratory for confirmatory testing. If the test yields the same result, the suspect will be advised to undergo rehabilitation.