By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) said that an additional 11 drug rehabilitation facilities are now under construction that will be able to accommodate hundreds of drug dependent patients.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the construction of the 11 DOH- Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (DATRCs) is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2019, with an estimated total bed capacity of 6,000.
“This will hopefully help address the lack of rehabilitation centers in our regions,” said Duque during a press briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday.
At present, Duque said that there were 53 license and accredited drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers in the Philippines. These include residential and outpatient facilities, 15 of which are government- owned.
Duque said that from 2016 up to the present, 8,412 individuals have completed drug rehabilitation.
“Maganda yung rate ng nakakatapos/completion ng rehabilitation program [The rate of those who completed the rehabilitation program is good] but of course side-by-side with our inpatient care, another important intervention is the after care until they reintegrated into the society,” said Duque.
“The DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) has a significant role in making sure that the reintegration efforts are successful coupled with the relevant programs,” he added.
The health chief said that while the DOH continues to enhance its capacity to address the problem, other government agencies also have important roles to play.