UM lauded by DSWD for  collaborative study on aftercare for drug reformists

UM lauded by DSWD for collaborative study on aftercare for drug reformists

The University of Mindanao extends its expertise in research and reach into the communities it serves after completing a collaborative study with the Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) on the impact of the government-led aftercare program for drug reformists. Titled “The Impact Evaluation of Community-Based Rehabilitation and Aftercare Program (CBRAP) for Drug Reformists,” the study is a joint effort between UM’s Professional Schools, Research and Publication Center, and Community Extension Center along with the CADAC to evaluate the medical, psychological, socio-economic, civic and environmental, and personal impact the CBRAP has had on the 86 reformist- participants surveyed, coming from barangays Biao Guianga, Biao Escuela, Los Amigos, Ma-a, and Magtuod. The study found that while there was a high satisfaction level with the CBRAP, recommendations for improvement included strengthening the information dissemination about the availability and objectives of the program, added programs on skills training for the reformists for improved employability, and educational opportunities for their children; among others. “We thank the 86 drug reformists under the Community-based Rehabilitation and Aftercare Program for sharing with us their struggles, torments, hopes and aspirations to return to society’s fold and live normal lives,” stated Dr. Eugenio S. Guhao Jr., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of the university and project leader of the study. The collaborative effort between government and educational institution was also recognized by the Davao city council, with Resolution 01435-20 filed by Councilor Pilar C. Braga commending the University of Mindanao for its efforts.