Gov’t inks MOA on
Drug Rehab Center
TAGBILARAN CITY, Jan 4 (PIA)—The Philippine Government acting through the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, the Departments of Health (DOH), Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Kausaban Foundation Incorporated (KFI) effectively put up a solution to the nagging question of what to do with voluntary “surrenderers” who need the most immediate drug rehabilitation and treatment.
This as Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rossel-Ubial and the DILG through Under secretary John Castriciones signed a Memorandum of Agreement with KFI, represented by Allan Crisologo, for the establishment of the country’s second Drug Rehabilitation Center in Bohol.
The first Drug Rehabilitation Center is now undergoing construction in Nueva Ecija, while a third is slated to rise in Zamboanga, according to Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco.
The MOA binds KFI to finance and construct and deliver a DOH Accredited Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) to the Task Force upon completion of the construction according to TF specifications.
On the other hand, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, through CabSec Evasco, DILG and the DOH would bear all costs in the transfer of the DATRC, its operation and maintenance as well as provide for the personnel, materials, utilities, machinery and equipment necessary for the management, operation and maintenance of the new facility.
Earlier, at the heat of his anti-drug war, no less than President Rodrigo Duterte who pointed out a conservative estimate of 3.7 million drug personalities in the country, approximately some 8 to 10% of them needing immediate drug rehabilitation and treatment.
But as of July 2016 however, the country notes only 44 DATRCs; 16 of which is government owned, and 28 of which are privately owned.
The total accommodating capacity of the 44 DATRC is only about 6,000, according to the DOH.
With the problem getting more and more pronounced as the Operation Double Barrel continues to account for more drug personalities willingly surrendering, the need for more DATRCs surface, shared Sec Evasco during the MOA signing ceremony.
While the President has been stern about his anti-drugs policy, he also understands that we need to help those drug victims, Evasco pointed out.
In Bohol, where over 30,000 drug personalities surrendered to authorities following Oplan Double Barrel, only one DATRC is operating, DILG Usec Castriciones volunteered the information.
In Bohol, the DATRC, or Drug Rehabilitation Center would be a 500 bed facility to rise inside the army reservation site in Carmen town, DOH information said.
The signing of the MOA, which in effect establishes the Bohol DRC, now sidelines Bohol Provincial Government’s long revealed plan to convert Carlos P Garcia Hospital in Pitogo into a local DRC, revealed Gov Edgar Chatto in his brief remarks at the ceremony inside the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital Chief of Hospital’s Office.
Witnessing the signing ceremonies were Presidential Management Staff Assistant Secretary Erwin M. Enad and Boholano appointed as Special Envoy to China Fernando Borja.
Also at the MOA signing were DOH and DILG Undersecretaries, DATRC Task Force members, Chief of Hospital Dr. Mutya Kismet Macuno, Gov Edgar Chatto, Department of Social Welfare and Development Evelyn Macapobre representing RD Mercedita Jabagat, local officials and GCGMH staff. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco signs the MOA on the implementation of the Bohol Drug Rehab Center as Kausaban Foundation Inc. representative Allan Crisologo, DILG Usec John Sactriciones, Dr Macuno's parents Amalia and former Gov David Tirol and the DSWD witness the momentous event as the Philippines implements the 2nd drug rehab center funded by the private sector. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)