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Duterte to PHL’s allies: If you’re a friend, build us rehab centers
Published October 12, 2016 9:02pm
Updated October 12, 2016 11:05pm
By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/584792/news/nation/duterte-to-phl-s-allies-if-you-re-a-friend-build-us-rehab-centers

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday showed how he wants the Philippines' allies to prove that they are indeed the country's friends—support the his war on drugs by building rehabilitation centers for the country's addicts.

In a speech at the 115th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard, Duterte presented a newspaper report on the China-funded construction of the "mega rehab center" in Nueva Ecija.

Among the guests at the event were officials of the US Coast Guard.

If you are a friend, if you are an ally, if you are joined by a Western alliance, you should do this,” Duterte said, while holding up the newspaper showing the photo of the drug rehabilitation being built.

“It’s a dormitory, apartment, backhouses. And they have built it for us. Ni hi no ha. No announcement. And it would house 1,600,” the President then revealed.

He said that the project would be completed by October 15.

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“This is how you treat your friends. You do not go about reprimanding,” Duterte stressed anyway.

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Mega Drug Treament

The Department of Health on Wednesday said the Mega Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center being constructed in a military camp in Nueva Ecija is halfway finished and will be fully operational on the first week of November.

“Six weeks after foundations were laid, building structures gradually took shape and now, 50 percent of the facility has been constructed,” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial told reporters at a press conference.

It was constructed on a 75,000 hectare land at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, she said.

Ubial said the construction of the drug rehabilitation center began in July 2016, but full swing construction started soon after she went to Beijing, China last September to sign a deed of donation with Chinese businessman and philanthropist Huang Rulun.

Rulun donated a total of 10,000 bed facilities for the rehabilitation center, she said.

Partial turnover of 2,500 of these bed facilities will be on Saturday, while turnover for the remaining 7,500 will be done on Nov. 16.

Rulun is a private-held real estate developer who has invested in 20 five-star hotels and 10 shopping malls in China.

Ubial said Rulun met with Duterte thrice to ask how he could help address the drug problem in the country: twice during his campaign and once after he assumed office.

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Re: Duterte to PHL’s allies: If you’re a friend, build us rehab centers
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2016, 05:59:27 AM »
It was constructed on a 75,000 hectare land at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, she said.

I certainly hope that the security of this base won't be compromised by having so many non-AFP personnel in the facility.

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address before the joint session of the 17th Congress Monday, July 25, 2016, in Quezon City, Philippines. AP/Bullit Marquez, File
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the military to allot one hectare of land for the rehabilitation facility of drug dependents to prevent them from returning to their old ways.
 
“I will have to use your (military) camps. It’s only the military who has a vast reservation of land,” Duterte said during a dinner with the Presidential Security Group in Malacañan Sunday night.
 
“I’m just asking for one hectare of property. After all, I surrounded it with barb wire. I will build the rehabilitation facilities,” he added.
 
Duterte said drug addicts would likely commit crimes if they are allowed to roam the streets.

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Re: Duterte to PHL’s allies: If you’re a friend, build us rehab centers
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2016, 06:58:06 AM »
From: http://www.healthpromo.doh.gov.ph/doh-pilot-mega-drug-rehabilitation-center-inside-military-camp-november/

The DOH Regional Office is expediting the recruitment of manpower complement for the facility. The Mega Rehabilitation Center is expected to be in full operation on the first week of November.

“Only about 1-2% of the drug surrenderers need residential drug rehabilitation (in-patient) treatment. The rest will be referred either to a community-based or an outpatient rehabilitation program,” the heath chief said.

The goal is to establish two mega treatment and rehabilitation centers in Luzon, one in Visayas and one in Mindanao. The budget for the human resources complement is included in the 2017 budget.

The health chief added that the local government units (LGUs), particularly barangay, municipal or city officials, will handle the community-based rehabilitation program (which is estimated to cover 90% of users) with collaboration from non-government organizations, inter-faith groups and volunteers.

The out-patient modality of rehabilitation, which is estimated to cover 8-9% of users, shall be conducted by health professionals trained and accredited by DOH. The training will be done either in DOH hospitals, DOH regional offices, or LGU hospitals and health facilities.

The latest data reported this October shows almost 700,000 drug users who voluntarily surrendered (679,303 users out of the 732,115 surrenderers in Project Tokhang).

At present, there are only 44 DOH-accredited drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers in the country. Fifteen out of the 44 said facilities are government-owned that can only serve a total of about 5,300 in-patients, which is insufficient to serve the surrenderers needing in-patient treatment.

“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. This initiative will not only benefit the well-being of these drug victims whom we want to help and reach out to, but also for the change that we envision for our country. Let us work together towards this vision of All for Health towards Health for All,” Secretary Ubial concluded.

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Re: Duterte to PHL’s allies: If you’re a friend, build us rehab centers
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2017, 05:09:33 PM »
Rody to inaugurate ‘mega’ drug rehab center in Nueva Ecija
By Alexis Romero and Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 29, 2016 - 12:00am

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/29/1648506/rody-inaugurate-mega-drug-rehab-center-nueva-ecija

Photo shows an aerial view of the Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija. President Duterte will formally open today a portion of the mega rehab facility with a capacity for 10,000 patients, which addresses the health component of the government’s war on drugs.
MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte will inaugurate today the “mega” drug rehabilitation and treatment center in Nueva Ecija, in line with government efforts to solve the country’s narcotics problem.

At the same time, the provincial government of Pangasinan is about to accept a donation of a two-hectare lot in Burgos town for the building of another drug rehabilitation center.

Department of Health (DOH) spokesman Eric Tayag said the 10,000-bed facility in Nueva Ecija would have some 2,000 drug dependents as its first batch of patients.

Tayag said the patients initially come from overcrowded drug rehabilitation facilities in Dagupan, Bataan, Tagaytay and Bicutan.

Duterte is expected to inspect the 100,000-square-meter facility and acknowledge the donors during the inauguration, which is set to start at 2 p.m.

The drug facility, located at Fort Magsaysay, the country’s largest military camp, can accommodate about 10,000 patients. 

Ubial said the center had initially hired about 1,000 personnel.

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Re: Duterte to PHL’s allies: If you’re a friend, build us rehab centers
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2017, 05:15:13 PM »
Rehab centers in 2 Mindanao military camps eyed
Friday, September 23, 2016

THE 10th Infantry Division (ID) on Wednesday, September 21, said they have already identified two camps that the local government units could utilize with at least one-hectare property each for construction of drug rehabilitation centers. Commander Major Geneneral Rafael Valencia of 10th ID said they can allocate a space at their headquarters in Mawab, Compostela Valley province and another one in Malungon, Sarangani. "We have one hectare vacant lot in Compostela Valley and another one hectare vacant lot at the headquarters of the Army's 1002nd Brigade in Sarangani na pwedeng pagtayuan ng rehabilitation centers," Valencia said.

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2016/09/23/rehab-centers-2-mindanao-military-camps-eyed-499372
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Re: Duterte to PHL’s allies: If you’re a friend, build us rehab centers
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2017, 12:07:44 AM »
Thus far . . . China has been playing this card

Gov't seeks China aid for drug rehab, law enforcement equipment
Sunday, January 29, 2017

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2017/01/29/govt-seeks-china-aid-drug-rehab-law-enforcement-equipment-522733

Gov't seeks China aid for drug rehab, law enforcement equipment Sunday, January 29, 2017 Ads by Kiosked THE Duterte administration will avail from China a RMB100-million yuan grant to fund among others the establishment of drug rehabilitation facilities and the acquisition of law enforcement equipment, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Sunday.

Dominguez, who led a two-day Philippine mission to China last January 23-24, said that of this RMB100-million yuan grant (equivalent to US$15 million), the Department of Health (DOH) has requested that half be used for building drug rehabilitation centers.

“During our meeting with Chinese Commerce Ministry officials, we noted the progress in our bilateral dialogue mechanisms and cooperation arrangements. We expect to see more bilateral consultations in the coming months,” he said. “We have also confirmed our intention to avail of the RMB50 million-yuan grant for the provision of drug rehab facilities for the DOH during our meeting with China Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng,” he added. The remaining half of the grant is intended to procure additional law enforcement equipment for the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency "to strengthen the government’s war against the drug scourge," Dominguez said.

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2017/01/29/govt-seeks-china-aid-drug-rehab-law-enforcement-equipment-522733
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No more 'mega' drug rehab centers after Nueva Ecija facility?
'What we noticed is that if we are going to concentrate big rehabilitation centers in one region, there would be some difficulties,' says Interior Undersecretary John Castriciones

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Published 7:36 PM, April 08, 2017
Updated 11:12 PM, April 08, 2017

http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/165791-mega-drug-rehabilitation-centers

MANILA, Philippines – The 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center (TRC) in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija may be the last of its kind for now, a high-ranking official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) indicated.

"I don't suppose that we will be continuing with the concept of mega rehab," DILG Undersecretary for Operations John Castriciones told Rappler in an interview.

Admission woes hound the 161-building mega facility over 4 months since it was inaugurated by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

As early as August 2016, the health department revealed its plans to build "very big" TRCs with 2,000-bed capacities.

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial even went to China in September 2016 to sign a memorandum of understanding for the mega TRC in Nueva Ecija. This paved the way for the construction of the P1.5-billion facility donated by Chinese tycoon Huang Rulun.

But in January 2017, Ubial revealed that the 3 other proposed mega TRCs to be built in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will accommodate just up to 500 patients – not as huge as the 11-hectare compound in Nueva Ecija.

Health Spokesperson Eric Tayag said they realized as early as 2016 that building very big facilities like the mega TRC is not the way to go.

Downgraded estimates

At first, the idea of building mega TRCs came about because they had to prepare for the residential rehabilitation of 1% to 10% of drug surrenderers in the country.

If the country now has over 1.25 million drug surrenderers, it is estimated that at most, around 125,000 of them will need residential services in TRCs.

"Hindi kami puwedeng mag-prepare sa mababang range, so 10% daw ang puwedeng mangailangan ng treatment rehab center.... 'Yung capacity namin 5,000 lang 'pag pinagsama mo na lahat ng treatment rehab centers sa ating bansa, kaya naisipang maglagay ng 4 na mega [TRCs]," he said in an ambush interview on Friday, April 7.

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Admission woes

During that ambush interview, Ubial revealed they have now put the capacity of the Nueva Ecija TRC at just 500 patients. The first phase of the mega TRC was initially pegged at 2,500.

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To date, the health secretary said that only around 179 patients have been admitted to the mega TRC.

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DILG heads the inter-agency task force for the establishment and support of drug abuse TRCs throughout the country, by virtue of Executive Order 4 signed by the President in October 2016.

MILITARY LAND. The rehab dorms have been built on military land. File photo from the Department of Health

'You cannot force patients'

If only 179 patients have so far been admitted to the mega TRC, where are the rest of the drug surrenderers needing residential services?

"More often than not, they would prefer [to go to the nearest TRC] where they are located," he explained.

"You cannot force the patients – they are not prisoners in the first place. You cannot just order them around. It has to be voluntary."

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Mega TRC for community rehab?

Since only 179 patients have been admitted to the mega TRC to date, it's not surprising that the facility "is not being fully utilized" yet.

For now, Castriciones said they're looking at opening their buildings to nearby Nueva Ecija barangays (villages) that want to conduct their community-based drug rehabilitation programs in the Fort Magsaysay facility.


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Arguably the fence-mending aspect of the rehabilitation center added complications that wouldn't have been there had it been flat-out medical facilities.

http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/165791-mega-drug-rehabilitation-centers

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'Little by little'

Despite the challenges faced by the mega TRC in its first 4 months, Castriciones still believes the facility is sustainable.

But he said it has to be done "little by little" since the mega TRC "demands a lot of resources".

"It normally takes time. That's the reason why a lot of people are complaining, criticizing, 'How come you have not filled the mega rehab center yet?'"

He said those critical of the mega TRC "don't really understand the situation."

"You know, when this was given to us, it was given for free, it was a donation. We cannot demand from them, so they did not take care of the so-called operational cost. We have to take care of it, but we don't have any budget to meet those challenges," he said, referring to the 2016 budget.

Fortunately, the 2017 budget already has a P2.6-billion allocation for government-owned TRCs.

"You know how it is [when] you have a donor and there is a donee. You can't normally [say], 'I want something like this.' No. They're the ones who offer, and more often than not, we'll just receive it. And since there really was a demand for [the mega TRC] during that time, we had to do it," Castriciones added.

He explained that a 500-bed drug rehabilitation center alone would require P700 million. Asked how much it will cost the government to operate the mega TRC once it's complete, Castriciones admitted he does not yet know the estimate.

"But it would be very expensive. What about the food? What about the utilities?"

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2 deals signed after Duterte-Xi bilateral meeting in Beijing
By Azer Parrocha  April 25, 2019, 7:47 pm Share

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1068210

MANILA -- Two formal agreements were signed between the Philippines and China during President Rodrigo Duterte's fourth trip to Beijing, China to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum, Malacañang said on Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador said the two agreements were signed after the bilateral meeting between Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Thursday.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of the Handover Certificate Grant-Aid for the Dangerous Drugs Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers Project.

Panelo explained that this is a “ceremonial hand-over” of the drug treatment facilities in Sarangani and Agusan del Norte, which were provided by China through grants.

The agreement was signed by Philippine Ambassador Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana and Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan.

Duterte and Xi also witnessed the signing of the Exchange of Letters on Production Capacity and Investment Cooperation between the Philippines and China, Panelo said.

He noted that the document proposes a project list, which will serve as the focus of cooperation between the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia and Chairman He Lifeng of NDRC signed the document on behalf of their respective countries.

Earlier, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs (ASPAC) Meynardo Montealegre said the two countries are expected to sign at least five agreements on education, anti-corruption, official development assistance, and drug rehabilitation. (PNA)

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Re: Duterte to PHL’s allies: If you’re a friend, build us rehab centers
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2020, 01:04:52 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineSTAR/posts/1726817367471937

The province of Sarangani has converted part of the new Dangerous Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Alabel town into an isolation facility for patients under investigation due to COVID-19.

The China-funded center worth P350 million includes an administration building and clinic, male and female dormitory with 150 beds, transition villa, visitors’ pavilion, staff house, motorpool, and other buildings.

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