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Villar, DoH open drug rehab in Las Piñas

SEN. Cynthia Villar and Department of Health (DoH) Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Monday led the soft opening of the Las Pinas Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, a two- story building for female occupants with an 86-patient capacity and a three-story building for male occupants with a 158-patient capacity, both in Barangay Ilaya. The Villar family renovated two idle buildings formerly assigned to the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines and the Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines and transformed it into a rehabilitation center. In return the Villar family built two three-story buildings for the said leagues. “The rehab center is part of our contribution to the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs. Through this facility, we can now have a place in Las Piñas and neighboring cities to transform drug-dependent individuals into fully responsible and productive members of our society,” Villar said. Villar and Duque were also joined by Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Establishment and Support of Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The rehab center was unveiled in December last year as part of former Senate president Manuel Villar’s birthday celebration. President Rodrigo Duterte was the guest of honor during the occasion. The drug rehab facility sits on a property formerly owned by the Philippine Reclamation Authority, but bought by DoH through its 2018 budget. The facility also has an isolation room, doctor’s room and laboratory room. It also has a kitchen area and dining area, which can be used also as a seminar area.

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