Biggest drug rehabilitation center launches on Tuesday

President Rodrigo Duterte will inaugurate the opening of the biggest drug rehabilitation facility inside the military camp in Laur, Nueva Ecija today, November 29.


A 10,000 bed capacity called as the “megafacility” was built inside a 10-hectare camp and has been identified by the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a perfect place in accordance to the President’s new strategy in dealing with narcotics trade.

The Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center or DATRC is a part of the effort to address health component of the war on drugs even as the law enforcement aspect continues throughout the country to eliminate the drug menace,” Malacañang said in a statement.

The Malacañang also added that it would cater 700,000  drug users who turned themselves voluntarily in to authorities through the Oplan Tokhang of the Philippine National Police.

The said center has four sections and each section could accommodate 2,500 patients.

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said they hope that this will really help the victims of the illegal drug trade, and they want to make sure that these individuals will be provided adequate and compassionate services for rehabilitation.

Ubiao added that the first batch of patients will come from the overcrowded rehabilitation centers in Central Luzon.

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The funds for the construction of the center were donated by a Chinese billionaire, real estate magnate Huang Rulun, who was once a trader in Manila’s Chinatown district in the 1980s.

[Source: Inquirer]