Gov’t war vs illegal drugs gains support from more private firms, agencies

MANILA-- More private sector companies and agencies are pouring money to fund new drug treatment and rehabilitation centers (TRCs) located in various areas around the country, an indication of their support to Duterte administration's aggressive war against illegal drugs.

We know that before the economy grows, peace and order should improve (first), said Philippine National Police (PNP) Director for Operations Camilo Pancratius Cascolan.

University of the Philippines (UP) Political Science Professor Ranjit Rye considers the country's PHP120-billion illegal drug industry a significant national security and health concerns.

(There are) social, political and economic consequences of not dealing with the drug problem If it can improve peace and order, then definitely it has an impact, together with all other things, on national development, he said in an interview.

For her part, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial bared that eight more drug treatment and rehabilitation centers are expected to be completed before the year ends.

Ubial said these drug treatment and rehabilitation centers are located in Pilar, Bataan; Camp Sikatuna in Bohol; Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City; Malaybalay, Bukidnon; Trece Martires in Cavite; Agusan del Sur; Sarangani province; and Calinan in Davao City.

These centers are in addition to the mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija.

She said these upcoming projects are funded through donations to the DOH from various private sector firms, agencies and individuals.

The DOH chief said donations came from San Miguel Corp. Foundation, Megaworld Corp., Kausaban Foundation, Chinese non-governmental organization Friends of the Philippines, Ministry of China, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and local government of Davao.

(These donations) means that other agencies, individuals and groups are really very supportive of the President's campaign and war against illegal drugs, Ubial added.

Apart from these companies and agencies, Century Golden Resource Group also donated an amount for the completion of Fort Magsaysay Mega Drug Abuse Training and Rehabilitation Center in Palayan, Nueva Ecija; and Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce for rehabilitation facility in Davao Region.

Conglomerates Alliance Global Group Inc. and Ayala Corp. also signed memorandum of agreements (MOA) with government officials to construct drug rehabilitation center in PNP Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City and Siyapen drug rehabilitation center in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, respectively.

International Container Terminal Inc. (ICTSI) Foundation will likewise fund the construction of additional dormitory in DOH TRC in Pilar, Bataan.

For one, conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is building five drug rehabilitation centers under a PHP1-billion grant it committed to give the government in support of its drive against drug addiction.

These are located in Bataan, Pampanga, Cavite and Cebu. SMC is still studying possible locations for a fifth facility.

The drug rehabilitation program to be used in the Bataan facility will include sustainable livelihood programs and capacity-building activities. Among these are modules on entrepreneurship, handicrafts, basic computer and information technology skills, horticulture and animal-raising.

Rehabilitation is a crucial part of the government's fight against illegal drugs that's why, we are committing to build more facilities around the country to help reform drug dependents especially the youth, said SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang.

Source: Philippines News Agency