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P350-M DOH drug rehab center in Davao 50% complete

By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY — As the nation observes Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced that the P350-million rehabilitation center being built in Bgy. Malagos is now more than 50 percent complete, almost a year after its groundbreaking.

Davao City Map (via Google Map/Manila Bulletin)

Davao City Map (via Google Map/Manila Bulletin)

The mayor added that the facility would be run by the Department of Health (DOH) for rehab patients in the region, as the city already has its own center, the Davao City Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Drug Dependents, in neighboring Brgy. Bago Oshiro.

“Gamay na lang ang participation sa city ani (the city will be less involved),” the mayor said. “We just need to iron out the details.”

Both the DOH and the city government are set to create a program that would determine which patients would be admitted to the regional rehabilitation center and which ones would be enrolled into the city’s own.

Assistant Secretary Abdullah Dumama, Jr., in a telephone interview, said that the new facility would require P54 million in funding for operations and personnel services every year.

The DOH is still seeking the approval of the Department of Budget and Management for its staffing program which would entail around 90 personnel to operate the facility.

Mayor Duterte said the Davao City Drug Rehabilitation Center for Drug Dependents in Bago Oshiro is willing to share its projects with the DOH.

The drug facility in Malagos is a collaboration among the city government, the DOH, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor), and the Travellers International Hotel Group.

The facility will house 224 patients, and would be built inside a two-hectare facility near the camp of the 10th Infantry Division’s 3rd Infantry Brigade.



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  • maka pili

    pagcor is manipulating whatever it can to justify its greed and its non legal acts. pagcor is trying to involve other government agencies like the osg in hiding what it can most specially its greed and money making activity. we should pressure pagcor in removing graft and corruption in its ranks

    • sam nicolas

      this is clearly a case of trying to justify their illegal acts. pagcor has been known in the past and even in the future to be involved in corrupt practices and deals. we must not allow pagcor to involve other government agencies in hiding and getting support for their corrupt acts.,

    • myca delos santos

      pagcor has the necessary authority and responsibility to provide government with the funds needed to support several projects. unfortunately the greed of some pagcor officials have resulted in corruption and the government not fully getting the benefits of the earnings of pagcor

    • michael timbreza

      pagcor officials should be investigate. their lifestyle should be checked and if found that they are involved in corruption they should be replaced immediately. our president does not approve of corruption and they should follow the example of the president..//

    • trisha hipolito

      there is always an opportunity to commit corruption and that is being proven by the greediness of pagcor officials. they are taking advantage of being an administrator to lottery and legal gambling however they are still engaging in work that they should not be doing.

  • sam nicolas

    pagcor should not continue to hide its greed and their actions like online gambling which is clearly something that they should not be doing. pagcor is more concerned on its greed and corruption. they should not be allowed to operate and supervise online gambling as clearly this is not in their mandate

  • myca delos santos

    we need government agencies that will be able to deliver for the government funds needed for projects that will improve the lives of the people. pagcor has the funds however they are operating outside of their legal function and we are not sure if all their earnings are being returned to the government.,,,.

  • michael timbreza

    we should not give pagcor a chance in continuing their greedy acts and corrupt practices. we should continue our vigilance over the acts of pagcor in hiding and justifying their corruption. we should pressure pagcor to always be transparent and clear in all their activities

  • trisha hipolito

    corruption and greed goes together. this is clear in how pagcor handles its business. we should make sure that all the dealings of pagcor are legal and that there is no room for corruption and greed. pagcor officials should always be reminded that they serve the people and not the people serving them.,,.,