- A new drug rehabilitation center now stands at the 10-hectare Fort Magsaysay camp in Nueva Ecija
- This center can accommodate up to 10,000 patients
- Health department spokesperson Dr Eric Tayag said this will initially house 2,000 out of 700,000 surrenderers of Duterte’s massive campaign against drugs
A huge drug rehabilitation center, which can accommodate up to 10,000 patients, at a camp in Nueva Ecija has opened on Tuesday, November 29.
President Rodrigo Duterte lead the opening of the Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) that stands at the 10-hectare Fort Magsaysay camp – the largest in the country.
According to an Inquirer story, this rehabilitation center was funded by Chinese billionare Huang Rulun.
“The DATRC is part of the effort to address the health component of the war on drugs even as the law enforcement aspect continues throughout the country to eliminate the drug menace,” said the Palace in a statement.
Health department spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said this center will initially house 2,000 surrenderers of the anti-narcotics campaign of the government.
The Department of Health (DOH) has earlier said that the government only needs to give medical intervention to 10% of the 700,000 drug dependents who turned themselves in. A huge chunk of them only needs a community-based rehabilitation program, which the DOH is also planning out together with the Department of Interior and Local Government and other concerned agencies.
DOH secretary Paulyn Ubial said they have already hired 1,000 staff for the rehabilitation center.
Aside from this one, the government is still set to mount three other rehabilitation centers in different parts of the country, as per an article by PhilStar.
Here’s the video of the opening of the center: