'Oplan Tokhang' surrenderees get P25K rehab in private resort

Shiela Joy Labrador, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2016 09:31 PM

BUKIDNON--A private resort on the rolling hills of the municipality of Libona in this province will be the home of 30 ''Oplan Tokhang'' surrenderees for the next three days.

The surrenderees, aged 40 and above, are undergoing a spiritual revival seminar conducted by pastors of the All Baptist Church.

There will be counseling and prayer sessions which are part of the local government's effort to rehabilitate them from illegal drug use.

After the 3-day live-in seminar, the participants will be interviewed and their needs will be assessed.

They will be recommended for entrance to a rehabilitation center or continuation of treatment with community-based counseling.

Mayor Leonardo Calingasan said livelihood assistance will only be given to the participants as long as they are ready to pursue better lives away from drugs.

The local government of Libona is also open to multi-sectoral and religious groups who want to conduct free spiritual revival seminars for the next batches of surrenderees.

The local government is allocating P25,000 for each batch for their lodging and food expenses.

To date, Libona has 580 "Oplan Tokhang" surrenderees.