Press Release
September 1, 2016

Bam: Target funding for rehab centers achievable

With government putting utmost priority in the fight against illegal drugs, Sen. Bam Aquino said the needed fund for the establishment of additional rehabilitation centers for thousands of drug dependents must be ensured in the national budget.

"Now that everybody wants to support the war on drugs and the rehabilitation efforts, puwede kayong umasa sa Senado para sa budget item na ito," said Sen. Bam during the hearing of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs

"Dapat nating matiyak na may pondo sa rehabilitasyon ng mga nag-surrender na drug dependents," added Sen. Bam.

Currently, the Department of Health plans to establish four regional drug rehabilitation centers of 500 beds each, or a total of 2,000.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the government is also looking to put up a drug rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija that can house 5,000 to 10,000 dependents.

The government also plans to establish rehabilitation centers in military camps in Bohol and Capiz.

During the hearing, it was discovered that less than 0.6 to 1 percent, or around 30,000 to 37,000, of 3.7 million drug dependents in the country need treatment in rehabilitation centers.

For the remaining percentage, resource speakers mentioned that they should be provided with outpatient intervention in local communities.

Sen. Bam brought up the effectiveness of peer counseling to address both rehabilitation and prevention in the country's fight against illegal drugs.

"We need more barangay-level interventions to address the rehabilitation of drug dependents," the lawmaker added.

"Makatutulong sa ating anti-drug drive kung hindi lang ang PNP ang mangunguna sa laban. It should be a multi-sectoral effort - may simbahan, local, may mga organizations - para lahat ay makatulong sa pag-kontra sa droga," the lawmaker added.

The senator also mentioned that the Sangguniang Kabataan can play a crucial part in combating the illegal drug problem among the young Filipinos.

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