China-donated drug rehab center in Agusan inaugurated

THE REGION
By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN
April 9, 2019

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SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur--- The Department of Health inaugurated on Monday the China-donated P370 million 150-bed capacity Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center here, the second and largest in Caraga region.
    
The modern rehab center is designed with Chinese engineering concepts with eight buildings that houses male and female dormitories, staff house, administration and admission building, visitors pavilion, subsidiary building, covered court and guard house.
    
Its  6, 669 square meters facilities that sits inside the 3,000 square meters land area donated by the provincial government of Agusan del Sur will cater at least 100 male and 50 female patients considered to have been under severe condition on addiction to prohibited drugs.
    
Completed just for a year, the rehab center project were manned by 35 Chinese engineers and technical men and 320 Filipino workers.
    
Expected to be operational by September, the drug rehab center will be initially manned by some 50 doctors, medical specialists,
psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and other health workers with a
monthly operational budget of P12 million.
    
Dr. Jose Llacuna, Caraga regional director the Department of Health, said job hiring and training of applicants  for some available jobs is ongoing.
    
Jin Yuan Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in the country, said the rehab center is  the first turnkey government to government project completed under the Duterte administration.
    
Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, a self-confessed former drug addict who broached the Substance Use Recovery and Enlightenment (SURE) program said the Residential Treatment and Rehabilitation Center inside the 401st Army Brigade camp and the Outpatient Drop-in Center at the provincial capitol grounds which are both operated by the provincial government would be absorbed at the new DOH drug rehab facility.
    
“The dream has come into reality. It took the will of the people of China and the Philippines to achieve this,” Plaza said.
    
He said local residents of the province will be priority, however,
other patients from the neighboring provinces in Caraga and in
    
Compostela Valley can avail of the center’s services.
    
“Everyone has the right for a better future , even with our Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUDS) , so let us not fail them,” Llacuna said.

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