Thursday, September 22, 2016

Agusan del Sur LGU, Army to open rehab center for drug dependents

BUTUAN CITY, Sept 21 (PNA) -- The local government of Agusan del Sur and the Philippine Army camp of the said province will jointly operate a drug residential treatment and rehabilitation center (RTRC) right inside the camp compound of the 401st Army Brigade.

The move was in response to the call of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to utilize military camps as drug rehabilitation centers for drug surrenderers.

The drug residential treatment and rehabilitation center facility located at a three-hectare site right at the heart of the compound of the said army camp is set to be opened on Thursday afternoon, said the Army 401st Brigade commander Col. Cristobal Zaragoza in a media interview.

The RTRC which finishing touches is underway, was among the facilities inspected by 4ID “Diamond” Division Commander MGen. Benjamin R. Madrigal during his recent visit to the area.

”This facility is constructed and will be operated by the provincial local government of this province headed by Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza to serve those drug-dependents or victims who surrendered in line with the president’s campaign against illegal drugs dubbed as the ‘double barrel’ program” Zaragoza said. The military official added that the facility which can accommodate at least 60 clients may be the first of such kind in the country.

Under this joint venture, the Philippine Army provided the site and will take charge of the security aspect, while the provincial government will take charge of the operational aspects of the said facility, according to Zaragoza.


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