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.