The Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte in coordination with the DILG Agusan del Norte and the Philippine National Poilice of the said Province conducted an activity dubbed as “Handog Pamasko Para Sa’yo” for over 400 drug surrenderers of the Municipality.

 

           Handog Pamasko is a take-off activity of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and one of the flagship programs of Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor, Hon. Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba.

            The purpose of the activity is to instill to the minds of the surrenderers that their welfare is being taken care of by the Government.  It also emphasizes to the victims of drug abuse a sense of reintegration to the society and to make them feel the true spirit of Christmas as a season of hope to everyone.

            PNP Provincial Director Ernesto V Tendero, Jr. said that the gift-giving is only the start of a bigger activity to start by 2017.  He said that a community-based rehabilitation program follows suit by February 2017.

            National line agencies like the PDEA, TESDA, DTI and DILG conducted lectures which will help the surrenderers plan their next step aimed towards the betterment of their future. The Phillippine Army also gave a lecture on the recruitment process of the AFP to those who are willing to join the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

            DILG Agusan del Norte Provincial Director said that the Government truly appreciates the act of the surrenderers in attending the activity.  She said that it only means that they are willing to cooperate to the present administration’s aim to end the drug menace. Vitamins, t-shirts and cash prizes for the games and raffles were given to the surrenderers.

            Medical and Dental missions were being simultaneously held during the program and drug tests by the Department of Health were also conducted to ensure that the surrenderers are sincere in their oath to fight drug abuse. (Atty. MARY CHRISTINE ANTHONETTE M. SALISE-PUNZALAN-Provincial Information Officer)

 

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