Domenica, 04 Dicembre, 2016

Mega rehab center for drug users to open November 29

NUEVA ECIJA. President Rodrigo Duterte delivering his speech during the inauguration of mega drug rehab center in Nueva Ecija Philippine president unveils "mega" drug rehab center funded by Chinese philanthropist
Rufina Vignone | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:39

The opening of the first ever mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) inside this military reservation has shown not only the determination of President Rodrigo Duterte to eliminate the illegal drugs trade but also his sincerity, officials who witnessed the inauguration Tuesday, said.

The rehab facility, built on an 11-hectare compound, is expected to have the ability to accommodate about 10,000 patients once all four phases are completed.

With the Duterte administration's all-out war against illegal drugs, around 800,000 users and those engaged in illegal trade volunteered to submit themselves to various law enforcement and local government units.

"Iyong mga tao na tumago at naghintay ng opportunity for a rehab or something good along the way, baka may makukuha sila, iyon 'yung dadating dito".

He said they were the early results of his "Sumbong Bilis" initiative, in which those who volunteered to surrender or were arrested would have to name others who are confirmed to be into the illegal drug business. However, he reiterated his hardline stance to those who choose to fight back and refuse to surrender.

He then added: "I will include (human rights activists) because you are the reason why their numbers swell". "The people of the two countries have maintained a deep, friendly and long-lasting relationship".

President Duterte was assisted by Chinese philanthropist Huang Rulun in unveiling the mega DATRC situated inside a 100,000-square meter lot of the Fort Magsaysay here.

Huang said the Philippines and China are close neighbors.

To this, Duterte said: "Kung hayaan ko magkakaproblema ako sa bayan ko (If I do not do anything, I will have a big problem in my country)".

Duterte is considering tapping a portion of the P5-billion funds remitted by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) to build a massive drug rehabilitation center in the Visayas.

"Kung kaibigan mo wag mo akong pahiyain (If you are my friend do not shame me)", he said, adding that an ally should help him just like what Chinese billionaire businessman Huang Rulun did in financing the establishment of the 10,000-bed drug facility inside Fort Magsaysay.

Huang, an overseas Chinese in the Philippines who donated 1.4 billion pesos (28.11 million US dollars) to build two drug rehabilitation centers with a total land area of 100,000 square meters, expressed support for Duterte's war against drugs, saying "this is our modest efforts to make the Philippines peaceful, stable and harmonious".

In a statement, MalacaƱang said the DATRC comprises the "health component" of the anti-drug campaign.

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial said the first batch of patients "will come from "overcrowded" facilities in Central Luzon and nearby areas".

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