DILG to partner with business leaders to build additional rehab centers

  • DILG plans to partner with business leaders to build more rehabilitation centers in the country
  • Over 70,000 drug dependents have already surrendered under the current “war on drugs”
  • Around 10 percent of drug dependents need more thorough and immediate care

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to partner with 13 business leaders in order to construct more rehabilitation centers under the Integrated Comprehensive Drug Rehabilitation Program.

DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno had already met with the business leaders, together with other concerned agencies in Malacañang, to talk about the arrangements for the future project.

“Through Secretary Sueno and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, a deal will soon be forged between 13 business leaders that will further improve the newly organized rehabilitation program. We will enter into some sort of a memorandum of agreement (MOA), as to what contributions they can make to the program or how they can participate in it,” DILG Undersecretary for Operations Atty. John Castriciones told GMA News.

The current administration aims to build at least four more rehabilitation centers nationwide; with two being proposed for Luzon, one in the Visayas, and one in Mindanao.

Each rehab center aims to house at least 500 drug dependents.

However, the DILG is also considering another proposal that aims to build one new rehabilitation center per region.

Currently, over 70,000 drug dependents have already surrendered to authorities under the war on drugs currently being implemented under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Figures from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) estimate that at least 1 in 10 drug dependents need more thorough and immediate care while the rest can be treated under community-based rehabilitation.

“So at present, only 70,000 can be committed to the rehabilitation centers but the rest can already undergo what we call the Comprehensive Community-based rehabilitation kung saan sila po ay magiging parang outpatient,” Castriciones further explained.