DDB, Isabela City inaugurate new P5-M drug rehab center in Basilan

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Apr 15 (PIA) – The Dangerous Drugs Board and the city government of Isabela City in Basilan inaugurated the new drug rehabilitation center, recently, boosting the city’s capacity to fight illegal drugs in the locality.
City mayor Sitti Djalia “Dadah” Turabin-Hataman together with Usec Earl Saavedra of the Dangerous Drugs Board graced the ceremonial turn-over of the City Community-Based Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center last April 5, 2021 at Sitio Lantung, Isabela City.

In his message, Usec. Saavedra lauded the city's best practices, citing City Mayor's performance in its continuous drive to eradicate the use of illegal drugs in the city. He also praised City's efforts in pushing through with the construction of the facility amid the demand and challenges posed by the current health crisis. He furthered that among the LGUs awarded with the same project, Isabela City is one of the few to complete the construction within the agreed timeframe.
Mayor Hataman, meanwhile, thanked Usec. Saavedra for the continuous support and committed to sustain programs aimed at rehabilitating affected individuals. She also looks forward to more engagements with the Dangerous Drugs Board and grateful for the upcoming projects that will be used to improve the new facility.

The facility, funded by DDB that costs 5 million pesos, is one of the priority projects of the Hataman administration in line with its top priority agenda of a Safe and Secured Isabela City. According to the mayor, Usec Saavadra also committed another five million for the fixtures and furnishings needed by the center for its full operation. A body will also be organized to handle the center’s operations.
“A task force/committee composed of the DDB, city health, social welfare office, PDEA, PNP, concerned civil society organizations and other stakeholders will convene to discuss the protocols on community-based treatment and rehabilitation,” Hataman said.
She also hoped that the center will “encourage persons who use drugs (PWUDs) to surrender knowing they have a safe place and comprehensive program for management of their cases. It also changes the approach to drug use from traditional client-centric to that of public or community health.”

She added that while there is a commitment from DDB for additional funding, the city will also provide necessary counterpart to make it functional within the year.
Joining Mayor Dadah and Usec. Saavedra during the ceremonial ribbon cutting were City Administrator Joel Zanoria, City Engineer Gian Carlo Luna, City Information Officer Mendry Ann A. Lim and Councilors Ritchie Biel and Jashim Tiplani representing the Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. (NBE/RVC/PIA9-Basilan with reports from Raiza Dapilin/Isabela City Information Office)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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