DAVAO CITY, December 1, 2016 — President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the 10,000-capacity mega rehabilitation center inside Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija in ceremonies held Tuesday.
Duterte said the facility was constructed at a cost of P1.4 billion through the donation of Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Huang Rulun.
The center is 60,000 square meters in size and has 172 buildings.
It is formally called the mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC)
Duterte said the rehab center will greatly help the campaign against illegal drugs.
“I will not stop until the last drug pusher is out of the street and the last drug lord or king killed,” he said.
Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial last month went to Beijing in China to sign a deed of donation with Huang.
The donor turned over the first 2,500 beds to the national government last October 15, while the last 7,500 were turned over earlier this month.
According to the DOH, operations will begin immediately after the launch of the facility.
Ubial said the facility will help rehabilitate the 1% to 2% of the total drug reformists who require in-patient drug rehabilitation.
The Nueva Ecija facility was designed to house the rehab needs in Luzon, while two others will be built in Visayas and Mindanao.
The rehabilitation program also includes the outpatient treatment of 8% to 9% of drug addicts who wish to reform.
Around 700,000 addicts have already surrendered through the government’s Oplan Tokhang.
The DOH has accredited 44 rehabilitation centers, with 15 being owned by the government.
“The drug user or the drug dependent is not the enemy. They are the illegal drug abuse victims. Sila po ang nagiging biktima ng drug pushers. Talagang tutulungan po natin sila,” Ubial said.