Press Release/24 July 2018
Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) together with the local government of Cavite has united their efforts to provide more support to our government’s fight to eliminate drugs in the country by constructing a five-hectare rehabilitation facility under the “Programme for Consolidated Rehabilitation of Illegal Drug Users (CARE) Project” funded by the government of Japan located at Barangay Osorio, Trece Martires City, Cavite.
“We will apply an evidence-based program for CALABARZON and adapt the five modalities of community-based drug treatment and rehabilitation we have developed and implemented in the five provinces of MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) which have been successful and effective. These methods can also be applied to in-house patients in rehab centers,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated during the groundbreaking ceremony held on July 19, 2018.
“This facility once operational, will improve the patient’s arena of motion because of a more conducive environment, spacious facility with sceneries and recreational amenities to enhance and provide them activity and amusement and the best place to regain their normal lives in a safe and healthy way,” he emphasized.
The five modalities substance abuse rehabilitation prevention program includes the use of combined western and eastern medicine (like Ayurveda), detoxification, alternative medicines including blood analysis, acupuncture, wellness counselling and training, mentoring and life coaching.
According to Janairo, the standard drug rehabilitation process takes two months. “But this will depend on the patient’s determination and ability to cope from drug addiction, injuries and even physical and mental illness. That is why some takes about 7 days to about a month to recover”.
According to the records of the Philippine National Police – CALABARZON, from July 1, 2016 – June 20, 2017, there are a total of 144,726 drug surrenderees in the region. Batangas with the highest with 38,688; Laguna with 31,534; Cavite -30,044; Quezon – 24,799; and Rizal with 19,661. Almost 1-2 % needs in house treatment and less than 10% were already treated.
The rehabilitation facility is a complete community based treatment protocol that will include amenities and facilities like medical service building, activity center, training center, transition after care building. Administrative building, recreational area, prayer hall.
The Provincial Government of Cavite donated a 5-hectare land where the proposed 500-bed rehabilitation facility will be constructed. A 1.85 billion yen or around P878- million was given to the Philippine government from Japan for the CARE Project expected to be completed by 2020.
DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo places the important documents inside the time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony of the
five-hectare rehabilitation facility under the “Programme for Consolidated Rehabilitation of Illegal Drug Users (CARE) Project” funded by the government of Japan located at Barangay Osorio, Trece Martires City, Cavite with representatives of JICA and local government of Cavite at the background.DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo together with representatives of JICA and local government of Cavite leads the groundbreaking activity of the five-hectare rehabilitation facility under the “Programme for Consolidated Rehabilitation of Illegal Drug Users (CARE) Project” funded by the government of Japan located at Barangay Osorio, Trece Martires City, Cavite on July 19, 2018.