P570M allotted for drug rehab infra

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The Department of Health is spending P570 million “to construct, upgrade, expand and repair” 16 public drug treatment and rehabilitation centers (TRCs) across the country in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said over the weekend.

“The fresh funding will be spent entirely to build the infrastructure of government-run residential TRCs, to enable them to accommodate a larger number of users,” Pimentel, a member of the House appropriations committee, said.

“The new money has been included in the House-approved 2017 General Appropriations Act. It will be sourced from the budget for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program,” he added.

The lawmaker said the P570 million has been allocated for public TRCs in:

Bicutan, Taguig City — P51.31 million; San Fernando, La Union — P15 million; Bauko, Mountain Province — P65 million; Ilagan, Isabela — P20.26 million; Pilar, Bataan — P20.02 million; Pampanga — P60 million; San Fernando, Camarines Sur — P24.2 million; Pototan, Iloilo — P8.25 million; Argao, Cebu — P54.08 million; Cebu City — P11.70 million; Dulag, Leyte — P4.19 million; Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte — P20 million; Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay — P20 million; Cagayan de Oro City — P11.00 million; and Davao City — P34.99 million, for two centers.

The P570 million also includes a supplemental P150 million at the disposal of the DOH central office for the infrastructure requirements of the TRCs, Pimentel said.

“We have to improve public access to TRCs. We are worried about users from marginal families. We are not that concerned about users from well-to-do families who can afford to pay for private centers,” he added.

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