More or less thirty (30) recovering drug users joined in the fun run initiated by the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion held at Barangay Poblacion, Ampatuan, Maguindanao on Thursday (February 21).
They were former drug users who responded to the call of the government to surrender.
The fun run was held in coordination with the local government unit (LGU) of Ampatuan anchored on the theme, “Takbo laban sa terorismo at iligal na droga”.
More than 500 individuals participated in the said event including representatives from the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, PNP-Maguindanao, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Bureau of Fire Protection, LGU-Ampatuan, Barangay officials, religious sectors, and residents of Ampatuan.
The activity aimed at ensuring the well-being of the recovering drug users by providing programs and activities that will deviate them from using illegal drugs and aid in their rehabilitation.
Lieutenant Colonel Alvin G. Iyog, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion acknowledged the local government of Ampatuan for the continued partnership in helping the former drug users to maintain a drug-free lifestyle.
Joint Task Force Central Commander, Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana, said that such activity does not only benefit the surrenderers but the community as a whole.
“Their decision to turn away from drugs and to live a renewed life is very laudable,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“The Western Mindanao Command and its subordinate units will continuously initiate programs and activities that will help former drug users in their rehabilitation,” LtGen Dela Vega added.