In a viral post on social media, Facebook User MJ Quiambao Reyes shared the pictures of the ‘mega drug rehabilitation center’ in Fort Magsaysay, Palayan, Nueva Ecija.
In the post, Quiambao said that the rehabilitation center is one of the positive results of the government’s staunch and aggressive stance against drugs. She also said that the facility would help the thousands of drug surrenderees to reform, and eventually become productive citizens of the country.
The mega rehab in Nueva Ecija is intended to aid in the government’s war on drugs by providing a safe environment for recovering drug users. It has a 10,000-bed capacity and is built inside a 100,000 square meter complex.
The rehabilitation center was a donation from an anonymous Chinese businessman benefactor who signed over the property to Paulyn Rosell-Ubial, Secretary of the Department of Health.
The facility will have a soft opening this coming October 15, and will be fully operational by November. However, its operation will be limited to 2,500 beds only, with 2,000 beds intended for males, and 500 beds for females.
According to Secretary Ubial, they are still making arrangements with different agencies including the Office of the President, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Dangerous Drugs Board, and the Dangerous Drugs Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program.
Ubial also disclosed that they do not have the experience and capability to fully operate the whole facility, so they agreed to limit the operation to 2,500 beds.
Meanwhile, the unoccupied buildings will be held in stand-by in case more inpatients need to be admitted for rehabilitation and treatment.
While the facility looks promising and grand, Ubial disclosed that it would not be a permanent drug rehabilitation center. She said that the whole complex is to be turned over to the military once the drug problem is addressed.
Other than the rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija, three more rehabilitation centers are to be built by 2017, however, negotiations for the three other rehab centers are still undergoing.