Robredo: Hike DoH budget for its drug rehab program

Published November 18, 2019, 11:09 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Joseph Almer Pedrajas

Vice President Leni Robredo said the Department of Health (DOH) should receive a higher budget for its rehabilitation program for drug dependents, as part of her solution to address the menace of illegal drugs in the country.

Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo
(OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Kailangan dapat mas bigyan ng malaking budget iyong DOH para magawa nila iyong dapat nilang gawin (The DOH should be given a bigger budget so that they can accomplish what they need to do),” she told reporters in an ambush interview after meeting with DOH officials on Monday afternoon.

“Kailangan ng dagdag na human resources…para iyong makabuluhang rehabilitation, magawa (Additional human resources are needed for meaningful rehabilitation to be done),” she added.

Robredo said that the DOH is struggling to provide health-based solutions to combat the country’s drug menace.

One of the problems, she said, is the “contamination” of drug pushers and users in rehabilitation centers.

“Dahil doon sa plea bargaining ng both users and pushers, nagkakasama-sama sila sa isang rehabilitation center (Because of the plea bargaining of both users and pushers, they are all kept together in one rehabilitation center),” she said.

Robredo explained that this is the reason why the DOH is requesting for more facilities because they aim to provide enough and appropriate spaces for drug dependents.

“Gusto nating hanapan ng paraan para doon (We want to find solutions for that),” she said.

During the meeting, Robredo said that she and health officials will visit rehabilitation centers “from time to time” to monitor the “best practices” being done and those that need to be improved.

Although the Health Department is “facing a lot of challenges,” the Vice President stressed that the agency is “very commendable [and] very admirable as far as the rehabilitation and reintegration phase is concerned.”

According to Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, there are currently about 4,000 drug-dependents in DOH’s 18 rehabilitation centers nationwide.

Bayugo said that there is at least one center in every region, except MIMAROPA (Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) and BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) which have none, while there are two centers in the National Capital Region and Cebu.

The cost to construct a facility could reach P200 million, while operations costs range from P12 million to P70 million, Bayugo added.

 
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Robredo: Hike DoH budget for its drug rehab program

Published November 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Joseph Almer Pedrajas

Vice President Leni Robredo said the Department of Health (DOH) should receive a higher budget for its rehabilitation program for drug dependents, as part of her solution to address the menace of illegal drugs in the country.

Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo
(OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Kailangan dapat mas bigyan ng malaking budget iyong DOH para magawa nila iyong dapat nilang gawin (The DOH should be given a bigger budget so that they can accomplish what they need to do),” she told reporters in an ambush interview after meeting with DOH officials on Monday afternoon.

“Kailangan ng dagdag na human resources…para iyong makabuluhang rehabilitation, magawa (Additional human resources are needed for meaningful rehabilitation to be done),” she added.

Robredo said that the DOH is struggling to provide health-based solutions to combat the country’s drug menace.

One of the problems, she said, is the “contamination” of drug pushers and users in rehabilitation centers.

“Dahil doon sa plea bargaining ng both users and pushers, nagkakasama-sama sila sa isang rehabilitation center (Because of the plea bargaining of both users and pushers, they are all kept together in one rehabilitation center),” she said.

Robredo explained that this is the reason why the DOH is requesting for more facilities because they aim to provide enough and appropriate spaces for drug dependents.

“Gusto nating hanapan ng paraan para doon (We want to find solutions for that),” she said.

During the meeting, Robredo said that she and health officials will visit rehabilitation centers “from time to time” to monitor the “best practices” being done and those that need to be improved.

Although the Health Department is “facing a lot of challenges,” the Vice President stressed that the agency is “very commendable [and] very admirable as far as the rehabilitation and reintegration phase is concerned.”

According to Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, there are currently about 4,000 drug-dependents in DOH’s 18 rehabilitation centers nationwide.

Bayugo said that there is at least one center in every region, except MIMAROPA (Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) and BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) which have none, while there are two centers in the National Capital Region and Cebu.

The cost to construct a facility could reach P200 million, while operations costs range from P12 million to P70 million, Bayugo added.

 
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