CABANATUAN City, Nueva Ecija: To address a looming problem on lack of drug rehabilitation centers, a P100-million reformation facility will be built here upon the initiative of the province’s councilors’ league.
Renan Morales, councilor of San Antonio town, committed to provide the facility through the Philippine Councilors’ League of Nueva Ecija (PCL-NE).
The planned center can accommodate from 500 to 1,000 drug quitters. It will be a one-stop shop with facilities for treatment and reformation in a five-hectare site located within Morales-owned property in Barangay Bakod Bayan, this city.
“It is my personal advocacy to help the drug dependents return to normal life,” Morales said, adding that the center will be finished within the year.
He said the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has pledged to support the planned center through the gaming agency’s health programs.
The 300 members of PCL-NE also committed to allocate at least P300,000 each from their allowances for the facility, according to Morales, who was recently elected vice president of the councilors’ league.
The center will be directly supervised by the provincial councilors’ league.
To ensure continuity of the program, Vice Gov. Jose GP Padiernos said the provincial board will include fund allocation in its 2017 budget to assist the reformation center.
The Central Luzon police director, Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, welcomed the initiative, saying it would be the biggest rehabilitation center in Central Luzon or Region 3.
Aquino assured full cooperation to the project through technical assistance from psychiatrists, psychologists and experts in the field for the center with the support of various government agencies.
Nueva Ecija has about 9,000 drug pushers and drug users who surrendered since July 1, majority of whom wished to undergo rehabilitation. Central Luzon has 52,400 surrenderers as of July 31.
The lack of rehabilitation facilities confronts authorities in wake of their intensified campaign against drug dependents, who said they want to undergo rehabilitation.