Government to Build a Mega-Rehab Center in Mindanao

A P700-million drug rehabilitation center will soon rise in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, to help drug users turn over a new leaf, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno said on Monday.

Sueno said that the DILG, the Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS) and the Department of Health (DOH) recently signed an agreement with the Friends of the Philippines Foundation (FPF) for the construction of the treatment facility.

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“I have repeatedly said that the fight against illegal drugs is not the government’s alone. This is our fight as much as it is yours. I therefore appreciate the efforts of groups like the FPF and the Malaybalay City Government for going the extra mile to help solve the country’s drug woes,” Sueno, a Mindanaoan, said in a statement.

He stated that the rehabilitation center would provide services such as “livelihood programs, capability building activities and skills training for the recovering drug dependents”. He added that the facility will also have a sports and recreational center.

In addition, according to Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri who is a native of Bukidnon, Malaybalay was chosen to house the projected rehabilitation center as it is equidistant from the various progressive cities in Mindanao. He also said that Bukidnon is at the center of Mindanao, so the establishment of the rehab center is a guarantee that all cities in Mindanao will be catered.

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