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The country's first mega drug rehab facility is set to open in November

It can accommodate 10,000 patients.


 

(SPOT.ph) The first of four mega drug rehab treatment facilities in the country under the Department of Health is expected to be operational starting in November. The facility, which occupies 10 hectares inside Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province, can accommodate up to 10,000 patients, ABS-CBN reported.

 

According to the Department of Health (DOH), they will start a dry run at the facility with 300 personnel on October 15. They also plan to deploy their own security personnel to add to the members of the Philippine Army guarding the camp. Drug dependents from Central Luzon will be asked to transfer to the facility in November.

 

“They also have to sign the consent to transfer to the new facility. If they are not willing we cannot force them,” said DOH Sec. Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial.

 

 

GMA News has, however, reported Ubial saying that these mega facilities won't be permanent. She explained that these facilities will be turned over to the military once the country’s drug problem has been reduced to a minimum.

 

The Duterte administration sought to open these mega facilities in response to the 700,000 drug suspects who chose to surrender as soon as the president took over.

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