DSWD Yakap Bayan Program to Reform Drug Users

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The DSWD Yakap Bayan Program is a comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration framework by DSWD for those recovering from substance abuse, their families, and communities. Its goal is to bring together easily accessible resources from national government agencies, civil society organizations, and faith-based groups to give former drug users a chance at successful services in the areas of mental health, employment opportunities, and religion.

Also Read: DSWD PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) Program

The decision to stop using drugs and the work required to maintain that decision are both permanent. After completing a community-based treatment and rehabilitation program, individuals suffering from substance dependence may continue to experience challenges, both in terms of their physical and mental health and with their reintegration into society and their families.

Following the completion of a program for substance addiction treatment or recovery, it is common practice to implement an aftercare program to help with the issues mentioned.

Drug surrenderers can get support and recovery programs through the Department of Social and Welfare Services (DSWD) Yakap Bayan After Care Program. This article aims to provide you with comprehensive information on this program by exploring its many facets.

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What is the DSWD Yakap Bayan After Care Program?

According to the results of the Dangerous Drugs Board’s 2012 National Survey on the Nature and Extent of Drug Abuse, an estimated 1.3 million Filipinos currently abuse drugs, while another 4.8 million have tried them at least once. Drug misuse and the illegal drug trade are seen as significant impediments to national development because of the harm they cause to people’s bodies, minds, communities, and economies.

The former president, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, vowed to end the drug problem that he saw as ruining Filipino families and the future of the country’s youth. The year 2016 saw the commencement of a large national campaign to combat illegal drugs to reduce drug and substance users to achieve a more peaceful, equitable, and prosperous society, the kind of nation he imagines for the state.

In 2017, the Department of Social and Welfare and Development (DSWD) developed the Yakap Bayan Framework of Intervention as a cyclical recovery and reintegration structure for the strategic and coherent service delivery to Recovering Persons Who Use Drugs (RPWUDs), their communities, and their families. These individuals are referred to collectively as “RPWUDs.” The following is a list of its particular objectives:

1) meeting the medical, psychosocial, livelihood, and spiritual needs of RPWUDs through a fusion of widely accessible resources from civil society organizations (CSOs), national government agencies (NGAs), and faith-based organizations (FBOs);

2) incorporating indigenous culture into the provision of services for RPWUDs; and

3) equipping local government units (LGUs) to synchronize other community programs like disaster relief.


It is the goal of the Yakap Bayan Program to enhance the quality of life and social participation of RPWUDs. In particular, it hopes:

  • A proper plan for returning persons who have been wrongfully convicted of violent or sexual offenses back into their home communities must be in place.
  • Increase RPWUDs’ abilities to deal with everyday challenges once they’ve returned home;
  • Improve family members’ understanding, outlook, and ability to assist RPWUDs on their road to recovery; and
  • Help create conditions that allow RPWUDs to successfully reenter society.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Beneficiaries of the YBP include former drug users (PWUDs) of any age, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression who have finished primary treatment (SOGIE).
  • Children who use drugs (CWUDs), voluntary and forced admission, surrenderers, plea bargaining, and/or court-mandated clients are all included in the program per DDB Regulation No. 6 and 7 series of 2019.

How to Apply for Yakap Bayan Program from DSWD

Those who are interested can apply for the Yakap Bayan After Care Program by going to the DSWD Field Office that is located closest to them. There, they will be required to submit an application form as well as go through an evaluation and an interview.

Participants, once accepted into the program, will take part in a variety of activities including life skills training, alternative livelihood programs, and counseling sessions with social workers. These activities will take place throughout the program. The length of time spent participating in the program might range anywhere from three to nine months.

Throughout the entirety of the program, there will be consistent monitoring carried out by social workers to track development and handle any concerns that may arise. In addition, after participants have finished the program with flying colors, they are provided with ongoing support in the form of reunions as well as referral services for more assistance.

Video: STB Process Documentation on Yakap Bayan Program

Here’s a video of an explanation in further detail of the Yakap Bayan Program’s procedure, its initiative, and the people participating through the process of putting the program into effect.

According to what is stated in the video, highlights the project that was initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte to take some high level of seriousness when it comes to campaign dealing with drugs. In collaboration with other government agencies such as the DILG, the AFP, the PNP, and the Department of Health. The Yakap Bayan was of significant assistance to the RPWUDs and the communities in which they are located as a whole.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Kind Of Support Does Yakap Bayan Offer?

The program provides participants with a wide range of services, such as vocational training, spiritual formation, psycho-social treatments, and linkages to other government agencies and non-government organizations.

2. Who Is Eligible For The Program?

Anyone who has completed a drug recovery program and is prepared to commit to living a life free of drugs is eligible to apply.

3. How Long Does The Program Last?

The program consists of four phases, each lasting three months.

  • During the first phase, participants undergo psychological and medical interventions, including screenings and assessments to determine their needs.
  • In the second phase, they are given vocational training and livelihood opportunities.
  • The third phase focuses on building coping mechanisms and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports and recreation activities. The fourth and final phase involves continuous monitoring and follow-up support services such as family counseling and peer mentorship.

The program also offers skills training workshops for family members to better understand the recovery process and how they can help with their loved one’s journey.

Still, this can vary depending on each individual’s progress and needs, but generally and in most cases, participants continue receiving support from Yakap Bayan for at least one year before gradually transitioning into self-sustained independence.

4. Where Can I Enroll in the Yakap Bayan Program?

Interested individuals can visit any DSWD Field Office or accredited community-based rehabilitation center. So don’t wait any longer – take control of your life and start your recovery journey with Yakap Bayan!


In addition to offering medical treatment, the program focuses on facilitating social integration, providing spiritual support, facilitating education, and offering chances for employment. In addition to providing addiction treatment, the program will focus on resolving the underlying problems that initially led to the individual engaging in drug use.

The long-term objective of the program is to provide recovering individuals with the tools they require to regain control of their life and have successful, satisfying lives once they have completed therapy.

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