BONTOC, Mountain Province – In a symbolic gesture of commitment towards creating a drug-free community, the Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Tadian LGU for the former to avail services of the PDEA-Supervised Balay Silangan Reformatory Center owned by the latter which is located in Tadian, Mountain Province.
The Bontoc LGU is represented by Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., while the Tadian LGU is represented by Mayor Constito Masweng. Present to witness the MOA Signing on September 7, 2023, on the part of Tadian LGU are Executive Assistant V Louie Buned and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) Secretariat Estephany Ruth Alibing. The witnesses from the Bontoc LGU are MADAC Secretariat Stephanie Kanongkong and Information Officer II Alpine Killa-Malwagay.
The “Balay Silangan” is a community-based reformation center that aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for drug surrenderees to undergo rehabilitation and reintegrate into society. The center offers various programs and activities aimed at helping individuals recover from drug addiction and acquire necessary life skills.
Mayor Tudlong expressed his gratitude to the Municipality of Tadian through Mayor Masweng for the partnership to provide much-needed support and offer second chances to individuals struggling with addiction.
“The MOA Signing is a reminder of our commitment and determination of reintegrating individuals into society as responsible and self-sufficient citizens, contributing to a drug-free and reformed community,” Tudlong said in an interview.