CABANATUAN City, Nueva Ecija: Local officials in this province are rushing up eight drug rehabilitation centers to house and monitor the 11,618 drug dependents who surrendered or arrested from July 1 to August 24, 2016.
The drug war caught everyone unprepared that officials had to make do of what are available while the others are setting up reformatory houses for the surrenderers.
In Gapan City, Mayor Emerson Pascual said they will convert the former municipal building to accommodate the 800 drug users along with 500 pushers to undergo free treatment.
The old town house is at the center of the community but it would be redesigned to isolate the patients temporarily while in the process of rehabilitation.
He described the reformatory center to accommodate at least 50 persons, with facilities like health fitness gym, a prayer room to be managed by volunteer religious groups, and vocational-technical training shop for practical carpentry, electrical wiring and welding.
Gapan ranked number two in terms accounted drug pushers and users with Cabanatuan City being the first with 1,850 reported drug dependents.
Senior Supt. Manuel Cornel, Nueva Ecija police provincial director, identified other reformatory centers in the towns of Talavera, Quezon, Pantabangan, Guimba and San Antonio. The provincial police compound headquarters in Cabanatuan and Palayan City were also assigned with rehabilitation center each.
The province has 618 drug pushers for the treatment.
In San Antonio, Mayor Arvin Salonga said the twon initially shouldered the expenses to rent a two-storey building in Barangay San Francisco for the town’s 380 drug dependents.
In Palayan City, Mayor Adrianne Mae Cuevas, said the construction of a reformatory center in Barangay Singalat has been completed and set a joint drug summit on Friday.