DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A P200 million drug rehabilitation center which will be built at Barangay Malagos by 2017 is seen to yield positive results in the city’s war against illegal drugs.
In a City Information Office dispatch Wednesday, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte expressed gratitude for the construction of the drug rehabilitation facility which will be completed before 2017 ends.
Davao’s new drug rehabilitation facility would offer services not only to drug dependents from Davao City but also to those who are coming from all across Mindanao.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility was spearheaded by Duterte on Tuesday with executives from the Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Philippine Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) in attendance.
“Today, we break ground on the future site of a facility that will enable us to help more drug dependents win of their destructive habits so that they may return from their families as renewed individuals, move forward with their lives and contribute to nation building,” Duterte said.
The new facility will be funded by the Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation and Pagcor while the city government will manage the operations of the rehab center.
“The counterpart of the city will be the operation of the drug rehabilitation center — everything that involves running the facility,” she said.
For his part, Kingson U. Sian, the president of Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation, said they have chosen Davao City as the site of the project because President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign all started in the city.
“Everytime people ask me why Davao City, I always answer them with another question — why not? I mean it all started here,” Sian said.
The local chief executive of Davao reminded the public that the end goal of the war on drugs “is to eradicate illegal drug use so that we won’t need rehabilitation centers anymore.” (davaotoday.com)