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DILG XII turns over 1st LGU-Run Drug Rehab facility to LGU Malungon

DILG XII Regional Director Josephine Cabrido – Leysa, CESO III led the formal turn-over of the Region’s first Municipal Drug Rehabilitation facility worth P9.8 Million to the LGU of Malungon, Sarangani Province on April 14, 2021.

In her congratulatory message, Dir. Leysa appreciated the LGUs’ efforts to push for the establishment of the facility despite the limitations brought by the pandemic situation. Attendees to the turn-over rites were  Sarangani Gov. Steve C. Solon, Municipal Mayor Atty. Maria Theresa D. Constantino, , PDEA Regional  Director Naravy Duquiatan, Judge Oscar P. Noel Jr., Vice Mayor Mariano Escalada Jr., Fire Marshall Officer Inspector Ramir Lacaba, PLTCOL Joedy Lito D. Guisinga, who represented Provincial Director SSupt. Michael Lebanan, together with the incoming first batch of beneficiaries of the drug rehab facility.

RD Leysa also said that while the LGUs are working hard to lower the number of Covid-19 infections, LGU Malungon also addressed the drug menace through its  “Laban Kontra Droga” campaign.

The newly constructed project is funded under the Assistance to Municipalities (AM) 2019, which was constructed starting July 29, 2019, and completed last March 30, 2021.

Municipal Mayor Atty. Maria Theresa D. Constantino thanked the DILG for supporting their anti-drug advocacy through its drug rehabilitation program. Mayor Constantino, a former PDEA officer, admits that she has a heart for the rehabilitation of People Who Use Drugs (PWUD). She explained further that the area of the previous rehabilitation facility was just used under a rental agreement, which has expired recently. “It prompted us to go ahead with this facility, especially when we received this donated lot from Sen. Manny Pacquiao and the funds from the DILG,” The Mayor explained.

As the mayor was delivering her message, RD Leysa gladly informed her that the Dangerous Drugs Board, through its Secretary, Retired General Catalino S. Cuy, has given the go-signal for the release of an additional P5 million for the said facility, to address the concerns on water supply system and electricity.

The reformatory features a spacious administrative building with conference rooms, a wide reception area, 5 rooms for male clients and 2 rooms for females, a mess hall, and toilets.

In his challenge to the twenty (20) graduating former PWUDs who had already undergone a five-month livelihood training with TESDA, Gov. Solon said that the fight against Covid must continue, the same with the battle against illegal drugs. The message was also directed to the 1st batch of beneficiaries who will get to use the newly constructed facility.