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Naga’s Salvar Buhay: A light at the tunnel’s end for drug surrenderers

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — The local government here has re-strategized its reintegration program for illegal drug users and dealers to make it more accessible to everyone who wish to achieve a healthy and productive life in the community.

The need to re-strategize was put into consideration after some snags cropped up in the implementation of the city government’s reintegration program called Salvar Buhay, which can be traced from the surrenderers’ weak participation like the non-appearance of a large number of drug personalities in spiritual counseling sessions and values-formation seminars administered by the members of national Auxiliary Chaplaincy Philippine, Inc. (NACPHIL).

Also a large number of the drug personalities who are among those who surrendered in July 2016 were also found to have returned to their trade and of using again illegal drugs.

A group of personnel from the Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board (NCDDB) along with students of the City College of Naga and employees of City Social Workers and Development Office (CSWDO) conducted interviews with surrenderers to establish the level of their addiction. They were trained by the Department of Health (DOH) for this specific undertaking.

  • November 6th 2016
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City keeps eye vs stray dogs, hot meat, illegal vendors

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — This pilgrim city since last week began identifying roads and parcels of lots where ambulant vendors coming from outside of the city will be allowed to display and sell their wares.

The effort is being undertaken to prevent them from occupying areas that, if not given appropriate action, would affect the flow of any civic or religious activity that forms part the grand celebration of the annual Peñafrancia fiesta.

Considered as Bicolandia’s biggest annual regional event, this year’s Penafrancia festivities will be held from September 1-22. It is believed to surpass the volume of guests, pilgrims and devotees that it had last year as it was traditionally observed that the number of guests increases every year. Police calculated a crowd estimate of 2.5 million people coming to the city this year.

  • September 9th 2016
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‘Models for healthy lifestyle’ to be feted

By Jason B. Neola

THE Department of Health’s “Belly Gud Pilipinas Go 4 Health” contest which was adopted by the city government here has formally ended on September 28, this year.

The waist-reduction challenge concluded with the conduct of final measurement of the waist lines of the 9 participants which determined who among them was the “biggest loser” or had dropped more pounds of weight after undergoing healthy diet and regular physical exercises in a span of six months. Originally, the competition started with 19 participants until it trimmed down to 9.

Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Joframel Paz, head of the Technical Working Group, said the “City Hall’s models for healthy lifestyle” will be given recognition in an awarding ceremony to be held on October 15, this year, at the Naga City People’s Mall.

  • October 16th 2015
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