A drug rehabilitation center will soon rise in Pinamungajan town, southwest Cebu.
Located within the Jose Ma. V. Borromeo Memorial District Hospital, the facility will take about six months of construction through funding from Globe Telecom. It will be completed by the last quarter of 2018 and will be turned over to the Provincial Government, who will manage its operations.
A simple groundbreaking ceremony was done last February 28 with Gov. Hilario P. Davide III, Globe VisMin External Affairs Officer Patrick Gloria, Provincial Health Officer Rene Catan, Pinamungajan Vice Mayor Honeylette Yapha-Lingad, and Dr. Feleus Bascon, chief of hospital of the Jose Ma. V. Borromeo Memorial District Hospital.
The 106-bed center covers 2,600 square meters, with open spaces and recreation room for indoor activities.
“The overall atmosphere will not be that of a regular treatment center but will be very conducive to patients’ proper healing and rehabilitation,” said Gloria.
Gov. Davide assured Globe Telecom that the facility will be well-maintained by the Capitol.
“Rest assured we will take care of the building. Hopefully, daghan ta og matabangan through this rehab center,” Davide added.
He admitted that the center might face challenges, specifically in accommodating numerous drug surrenderers across the province.
But Davide emphasized that the center is in line with the Province’s community-based treatment (CBT) program, wherein locals are involved in a surrenderer’s journey to reformation.
“The Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) will evaluate those who will need rehabilitating,” Davide said.
In 2017 alone, CPADAO helped organize over 1,000 Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) in different towns, with the main function of formulating a specific plan of action in solving the drug dilemma in their respective areas.
Over 3,000 students also took part in drug prevention seminars that aim to inculcate peer support so they can help their fellow youth stay away from illegal drugs.
For the project’s sustainability, Globe Telecom assured that they will remain responsive in this partnership with the Capitol and the Municipality of Pinamungajan.
“Eventually we will try to find out what we can do,” Gloria said, adding that they will also provide internet connection for the facility.