Dr. FAMELA IZA CABE-MATIC is Dean of the College of Criminal Justice, Cavite State University-Main Campus. She finished her PhD in Criminology (2016) from Philippine College of Criminology where she was the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation award. She earned her Master of Science in Criminology major in Security and Safety Management from Emilio Aguinaldo College-Manila (2011) and Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite (2006) where she received best thesis and leadership awards. She also took series of Military Science Courses of the Philippine Army on top of her class and further earned a National Certificate for Security Services.
She is among the founding members of the Philippine Criminal Justice Researchers Society (PCJRS). Her research and extension interests include criminal justice, theories of crime, restorative justice, gender and development, and alternative approaches and community based programs. Her methods extend from basic survey to impact studies for policy intervention, knowledge generation and inputs to instruction.
BARANGAY AKTIBO TUNGO SA ALTERNATIBONG SOLUSYON (BATAS): A
Drug Dependency Supervision, Support and Mentoring Program
The Kababayan Kong Kaagapay sa Kaalaman at Kasanayan Kontra Krimen (7K) Research and Extension Advocacy of the College of Criminal Justice, Cavite State University launched a program in early 2017 designed to offer alternative drug dependency rehabilitation approach anchored on supervision, support and mentoring of drug dependents at the barangay level.
Recognizing that pathways in which individuals become drug dependents are unique, the program offers interventions that match the individual needs of participants. At the individual level, drug use can be due to a belief that drug use is acceptable or serve as coping mechanism for lack of self-esteem and self-control, and limited capacities to overcome life stresses. At the family level, there are factors of family poverty, lack of parental control and attachment, child abused, and practices that normalizes drug use. At the school level, a permissive atmosphere, lack of pro-social activities available to students, uncaring teachers, and unchecked and unsupervised delinquent student groups are risk factors. At the community level, drug use can prevail when neighbors are inattentive, barangay officials do not exercise supervision and control, and drug dealing is seen as an alternative form of generating income.
These individual, family, school, and community factors, contribute to the frequency, intensity and quality of drug dependency problems. Thus, drug dependents vary on their level of needs with some individuals exhibiting multiple problem areas. Thus interventions must address specific factors, must be multi-level, and have multiple components of supervision, support, and mentoring. Barangays are in the best position to implement sustainable programs as they have contacts with individuals, families, schools, and community. The barangays have also links with external agencies whose resources, personnel, and expertise can be tapped, and thus source the sharing of costs to run the program.