On Balay Silangan

Mayor Napulan opens door to 11 surrenderers


MIAGAO, Iloilo – Mayor Macario Napulan, MD hopes Miagao to be remembered as part of the reformation process as he opens the doors of the Balay Silangan Reformation Program in Miagao to eleven enrollees from the different municipalities from the First Congressional District.

Eleven surrenderers, mostly drug personalities who availed of the plea bargaining agreement and were convicted of use of dangerous drugs, underwent the Stage 1 of the Balay Silangan Program on June 26th at the DA Training Center here.  The Stage 1 process includes alcohol, smoking substance involvement screening tests, drug dependency test, medical test, psychological test and background investigation.

“I want all of you to complete the program and eventually become a productive citizen of the community,” said Mayor Napulan in his message to the surrenderers.

The Balay Silangan Reformation Center aims to adopt the implementation of a one-month family-based in-house reformation program for drug offenders. It will be located at the Evacuation Center (at the back of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist) in Barangay Baybay Norte.

Mayor Napulan, a doctor by profession, explained that methamphetamine (shabu) and other illegal substances have ill effects in the over-all wellbeing of a person.

“The use of illegal drugs will cause permanent damage to a person.  It has addictive effect that reformatory rehabilitation is necessary to rectify the negative behavior of the patient and enable the person to become acceptable to the society,” he explained.

The establishment was formalized through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement at the Justice Ramon B. Britanico Hall on June 14, 2019.   (ABMande).