Nearly two years since President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, the Northern Police District (NPD) recorded over 50,000 drug surrenderers.

However, according to NPD director Police Chief Superintendent Amando Empiso, drug surrenderers who didn’t undergo rehabilitation programs returned to using drugs, making them subjects of recent operations.

And in a bid to address this, the NPD launched Friday the ‘Kanlungan ng Pagbabago’ – a Community-Based Reformation Center for drug users in the CAMANAVA area.

This will serve as a path for their reintegration as productive members of the society.

80 drug reformists will initially undergo the one-month program — 30 each from Caloocan and Malabon and 20 from Navotas.

Under this, the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) will provide skills and livelihood training and will give drug reformists certificates that could help them on their employment.

Moreover, the names of those who will undergo the program and will soon be completely drug-free will be removed from the drug watch-list with the assistance of the PNP.

Meantime, there are three Kanlungan reformation centers in the areas of Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas that will support the wellness and livelihood programs of each local government unit.