Rosalie Porcelin, a licensed social worker in General Santos City, located in southern Philippines, starts her day with a prayer for strength, perseverance, and faith that she will be able to help her clients. She has been doing social work for 23 years.
Following a nationwide campaign against illegal drugs in 2016, Porcelin was appointed coordinator for the city’s Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation (CBDR) program to address an increase in persons who use drugs (PWUDs) looking for treatment, particularly plea-bargainers – those incarcerated for drug use who can be released after completing a CBDR program.
“When I entered this role, I did not know how to start. We used whatever tools were available to screen clients for drug use and run outpatient programs,” Porcelin said.