DDB chair: Nueva Ecija rehab ‘a mistake’
Dangerous Drugs Board Chair (DDB) Dionisio Santiago said the 10000-bed mega drug-rehabilitation facility constructed in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija is a “mistake” and “impractical.”
“Ang problema naging excited si president pero yung ginasta dun pwedeng ginamit sa mga community-based rehab yan na maliliit which can accommodate only between 150 to 200,” Santiago said in an interview with ANC.
The DDB official said the money spent for the mega rehab could have been used for smaller community-based antinarcotics programs, which are proven to be more effective.
He also said that family support is important in the successful rehabilitation of drug dependents, but commented on the accessibility of rehab centers.
“How can you go there [the rehabilitation center] if you don’t have money for your fare?” Santiago said.
The drug facility, which covers 11 hectares of land in Nueva Ecija, was donated by the Chinese real estate mogul Huang Rulun.
The project was taken from Huang’s P1.4 billion donation to build two rehabilitation facilities in the country.
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