Thursday, 28 May 2020

Construction of P350M China-funded drug rehab center done in record time

ALABEL, Sarangani (December 20, 2018) – The P350-million Chinese-funded SOCCSKSARGEN Dangerous Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DDATRC) was inaugurated and turned over on December 17. Its construction was completed in less than a year.

This 150-bed capacity rehab center broke ground on January 12 in a three-hectare lot. Construction took off immediately after and was completed 10 months earlier than planned.

The DDATRC sits on a hill at Barangay Kawas, overlooking Sarangani Bay and General Santos City, and adjacent to the Provincial Police Office.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by delegates coming from the different parts of SOCCSKSARGEN, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III; Assistant Secretary Abdullah Dumama Jr.; Chinese Embassy Economic and Commercial Counselor Jin Yuan; Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Davao Li Lin; Regional Director DOH RO XII Aristides Concepcion Tan; Usec. Epimaco Densing III, DDATRC Task Force Chair; Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon; and other representatives coming from the People’s Republic of China.

According to Secretary Duque, “this project was established in order to address the need for more rehabilitation centers for Filipino PWUDs or persons who use drugs.”

He also added that “this administration, led by our very own and beloved President Rodrigo Duterte, consider the issue of drug abuse and dependency a public health priority.”

Duque also extended his gratitude to the Chinese government “for the assistance and support for this administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.”

The DDATRC project was made possible through the collaboration and partnership of the Chinese Government, together with major contractor China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd., the Department of Health, and the Provincial Government of Sarangani led by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon.

“We are not talking about a rehabilitation center that looks good on the paper, but we are talking about a rehabilitation that will really reform the patient,” Governor Solon said. “We need a rehab plan that really works.”

The governor also expressed thanks to all the stakeholders who took part in making the project successful.

Sarangani is one of the recipients of “China-aid Philippines” DDATRC projects, which were among the consensus reached during the talks between President Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. The other province is Agusan del Sur which is still on going with its construction.

According to Chinese Embassy Economic and Commercial Counselor Jin Yuan, the rehab center is “a center of hope, a center of new life.” He said that “the Chinese government will never let you down, and the Chinese people will always stand by your side.”

The inauguration ceremony was concluded with the stakeholders and guests unveiling the marker of the rehab facility as a sign of officially opening the center. (Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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