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With USAID’s assistance, DILG’s BIDA program is strengthened.

A deal that would improve the nation’s community-based drug rehabilitation (CBDR) was signed on Wednesday by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

By providing resources for social behavior change communication (SBCC) and CBDR, the agreement aims to strengthen the DILG’s “Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan” (BIDA) program.

USAID RenewHealth will provide the DILG with a variety of CBDR resources and training modules, which will then be made available to local governments.

Additionally, the USAID would offer platforms for information management and capacity building as well as evidence-based policies and guidelines for CBDR.

The distribution of research and the exchange of best practices for drug use prevention and reintegration, as well as capacity-building for CBDR program administrators and service providers of local government units, are additional specific initiatives under the cooperation, according to Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr.

“I am extremely happy to have the cooperation of international organizations like USAID as we continue to roll out the BIDA program in many areas across the country. At the agreement’s signing at the Novotel in Cubao, Quezon City, he said, “We thank USAID for sharing our vision and aiding in our efforts to rehabilitate drug users and combat illegal drugs in the communities.

As part of the BIDA program and the objectives of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, the DILG will take the lead in the distribution and co-branding of USAID’s SBCC and CBDR materials. This will include organizing advocacy events and CBDR capacity-building activities with LGUs and other stakeholders.

In order to encourage social integration and improve community access to drug treatment and recovery, USAID launched the RenewHealth project in 2019.

The BIDA program, the government’s comprehensive drug campaign, is concentrated on stepping up efforts to lower the demand and supply of illegal substances using a multi-sectoral approach in tandem with the authorities’ law enforcement activities.

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