Achib! Tiangco proud of having a drug-free barangay

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Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco is gaining the fruit of his efforts to eliminate illegal drugs in his city.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency recently declared one of the barangays in Navotas as drug-free.

“The fight against illegal drugs is a fight for safe communities. Keeping Navotas safe from the drug menace will help ensure the welfare of our families and the future of our children,” Tiangco said.

The politiko thanked Navoteños for their steadfast support to the city government’s anti-drug campaign.

He noted that Navotas residents report illegal activities through Text JRT numbers 0915-2601385 for Globe, 0908-8868578 for Smart, and 0922-8888578 for Sun.

He also shared that the city has a community-based treatment and rehabilitation program called Bidahan for drug users.

Bidahan participants initially undergo a three-day retreat where they learn about the effects of drugs in their body and ways to avoid it. They then engage in a twice a week counseling sessions for six months.

The participants undergo random drug testing to check their faithfulness to the program.

The Bidahan now has 12 batches composed of 313 participants since it began in 2016. Of the number, 73 have completed the six-month program.