BAUKO, Mountain Province – Mayor Abraham B. Akilit wants the administration of the State-run Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) to allow the local government and its private partners to temporarily use its idel buildings in its Baang campus in barangay Banao as the initial rehabilitation center for drug surrenderes in the town.
The local chief executive made the request to the MPSPC administration after receiving recommendations from various stakeholders and members of the media who visited the place and found out that some of the buidlings of the school are not actually being utilized, thus, the need to temporarily use the said structures as rehabilitation facilities for the drug surrenderers, especially for those wanting to be trained to earn a livelihoodfor them to be able to shy away from the use of illegal drugs.
“We hope that the MPSPC administration will find merit to our request and allow the use of their idle structures temporarily for the rehabilitation and trainings to be provided to our drug surrenderes while the government is constructing the permanent drug rehabilitation center within the Luis Hora Regional Memorial Hospital,”Mayor Akilit stressed.
He revealed since the implementation of the unrelenting and uncompromising anti-drug campaign of the Duterte administration, there were 172 individuals from the different barangays who voluntarily surrendered themselves to the authorities.
According to him, the local government will be partnering with some private organizations to provide the livelihood trainings to the surrenderers that is why the local government is currently looking for a temporary venue that will serve as a rehabilitation area for them and where they could be trained for their livelihood skills among others.
Akilit was surprised over the number of drug surrendrers from the different barangays of the municipality, saying that the local government is doing its best to extend the appropriate assistance to them through initial rehabilitatin and the provision of livelihood trainings for them to be able to acuire the skills and be able to become a normal member of mainstream society earning sufficient income for their faimilies.
Akilit explained the local government plans to temporarily use the idle MPSPC buildings as livelihood training center for the drug surrenderers considering that the area is suitable for such purpose as they will have the luxury of space to work on during their scheduled trainings.
The concerned stakeholders who visited the MPSPC compound in Baang expressed their concern for the existence of alleged idle structures that are not being fully utilized by the institution for educational purposes, thus, the need to request the school administration to allow the local government to temporarily use the structures for other productive endeavors that will help in the effective and efficient delivery of programs and projects to the people.
Akilit formally submitted his request to the MPSPC administration and he remains optimistic that the members of the board of Regents will be able to grant the request so that the local government and its partners will be able to immediately start with the rehabilitation process and the provision of livelihood trainings for the drug surrenderers.