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Press Release/ 15 June 2022 

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The 5-hectare Drug Rehabilitation facility was inaugurated in Brgy. Osorio, 

Trece Martires, Cavite on June 14, 2022.

The Department of Health- Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the City Government of Trece Martires, has set up a Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) in Barangay Osorio, Trece Martires, Cavite. 

The construction of the DOH-DATRC is a component of a JPY 1.850-billion DOH-JICA program grant called “Consolidated Rehabilitation of Illegal Drug Users” (CARE), a bilateral project in line with the Japan-Philippines Joint Statement on Bilateral Cooperation to combat illegal drugs, as part of the efforts to uphold public safety.

According to DOH officer-in-charge Undersecretary Leopoldo J. Vega, DATRC will be the apex or an end-referral of all rehabilitation centers in the country. 

"The DOH shares a vision of a healthy Pilipinas through health promotion activities of substance use and abuse. The DOH believes that substance use and abuse is a chronic but treatable medical condition.  This requires a holistic approach to the whole of government, whole of society, and whole of system approach. We need to ensure that individuals suffering from this condition receive sufficient support so they can rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society. Today's ceremony represents a valuable step ensuring the development of our health systems and realizing the goals of Universal Health Care in our country". Vega said.

"JICA is deeply committed to the Human Security aspect of its development assistance which aims to protect every individual's life, livelihood, and dignity. JICA’s continuing partnership with the DOH and other agencies is a testament to this commitment, and its vow to promote the Philippines’ inclusive and sustainable development as its closest and most reliable partner," Sakamoto Takema’s message, JICA Chief Representative in the Philippines during the inauguration of DATRC in Brgy. Osorio, Trece Martires, Cavite on June 14, 2022. 

DOH-DATRC has complete amenities and facilities such as Processing Building, Medical, and Admin Building, Family Waiting Area, Reception/Information, Nurse’s Station, Observation Room, Conference room, Office of the TRC Chief, Visitors building, Garden, Prayer hall, Covered Walkway, Male/Female Patient Dormitory, Activity Center, Training Building, Staff dormitory, Transition Dormitory, and Activity Center. It is built on the 5-hectare land in Brgy Osorio, donated by the Province of Cavite. 

Once operating, the facility will cater to illegal drug users mainly from South and Central Luzon and will be free of charge and managed by the DOH. Its' dormitories can accommodate a total of 400 male and 80 female drug dependents.

The rehabilitation center aims to provide accessible and immediate interventions for drug dependents. It will be a fundamental part of the referral system with the DOH's Formula One Plus strategic pillar in the health service delivery network. 

Individuals who have fallen victims to drug abuse or dangerous drugs will be allowed to rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society, especially the youth. With the support of this rehabilitation, the pillar will be strong, and the government will go a long way against illegal drugs toward a safer, more peaceful, and healthy community. 

Over the years, illegal drugs and drug addiction have been considered one of the Philippines. This is one of the primary reasons President Rodrigo Duterte declared a fight against illegal drugs.

"We are fortunate to have a president whose mission in life is to save our children from the clutches of illegal drugs. Since he pushed all gears and mechanisms vs. illegal drugs into action, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said in his keynote speech during the inauguration of DATRC in Brgy. Osorio, Trece Martires Cavity on June 14, 2022.

Republic Act No. 9165, otherwise known as “Comprehensive. Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”, provides that: "the State needs to enhance further the efficacy of the law against dangerous drugs, it being, one of today's more serious social ills.

As the principal health agency of the government, the Department of Health, through the Dangerous Drugs Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program (DDAPTP), aims to promote the health and wellbeing of every Filipino, prevent and control drug abuse and its health-related ill effects. 

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(center) DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año and DOH Usec Leopoldo J. Vega (left) award a plaque of appreciation to JICA Chief Representative in the Philippines, Mr. Sakamoto Takame (right), during the inauguration of DATRC in Brgy. Osorio, Trece Martires, Cavite on June 14, 2022.

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DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, DOH Usec Leopoldo J. Vega and JICA Chief Representative in the Philippines lead the ribbon cutting of DATRC in Brgy. Osorio, Trece Martires, Cavite on June 14, 2022.