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25 ‘tokhang’ surrenderers in Zamboanga City complete rehab program

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Some 25 “tokhang” drug surrenderers in Zamboanga City have completed the community-based rehabilitation program, police said Thursday.

The surrenderers of Zamboanga City Police Station 4 completed the six mind module sessions of Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9) Healing in Oneness through Policing Education (HOPE) Recovery and Wellness Program.

They graduated Wednesday, June 20, at PRO9 Multi-Function Hall, Camp Batalla in Cawa-Cawa, Zamboanga City.

Police Chief Inspector Helen L. Galvez, focal person of PRO9 Recovery and Wellness Program, said the graduates successfully finished HOPE, which consists of Mind Modules Facilitation of D.U.T.E.R.T.E Program, Spiritual and Moral Formation, Shielding and Metal Arc Wielding, and Community Services with a total of 296 hours.

She said the graduates will receive NC1 certificate from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on arc welding.

TESDA will also award each of them with starter kit of wielding machine.

Stone Rich Corporation also promised to hire them, Galvez added.

She said the 25 former drug personalities were among the 9,000 tokhang surrenderers in Zamboanga Peninsula who were given series of intervention through the PRO9 Recovery and Wellness Program.