The Department of Health (DOH) inaugurated the newly-erected Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) in Brgy. Osorio, Trece Martires City, June 14.
The Region IV-A Health Department, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the city government, has outlined this P734 million bilateral project as part of their efforts to maintain public safety and combat illegal drug use.
Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo Año presided over the ceremonial unveiling of the DATRC’s 5-hectare property and ribbon cutting.
Among those present were Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega, Health Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana of the DoH-Field Implementation and Coordination Team, and Central and South Luzon Provincial Administrator Alvin Mojica, who was representing Gov. Jonvic Remulla and Trece Martires City Major Gemma Lubigan.
DATRC, as per DOH OIC Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega, will be the apex or end-referral point for all rehabilitation centers in the Philippines.
This 25-building facility will accept surrendered illegal drug users and drug dependents from Region IV-A free of charge.
It can house 400 male and 80 female drug dependents and includes a processing building, medical and administration building, family waiting area, nurse’s station, observation room, conference room, garden, prayer hall, separate dormitories for male and female patients, and an activity center.
Thumbnail photo from Health Education and Promotion Unit – DOH CHD Calabarzon