SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur--- The China-funded P350 million drug abuse rehabilitation center project formally breaks ground yesterday here with top officials from the Chinese embassy in Manila Department of Health and provincial government leading the ceremony.
Expected to be completed in 21 months, the Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center project is a grant from China Aid which tapped the state-owned China State
Construction Engineering Corp, LTd (CSCEC) to build the modern facility in a 4.5-hectare provincial government-owned lot in the village of Alegria here.
Chinese Embassy economic and cultural counselor Jim Yuan, Health Undersecretary Roger Tong-an , acting Vice Gov. Edward Plaza-Mellana led the shoveling of soil to a project landmark to signal the start of the construction of the project.
The drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation center project in this town is one of two China Aid projects in Mindanao, the other is in Sarangani which groundbreaking event was held last week.
The center is a residential facility residents hooked on illegal drugs who yielded through the police’s anti-illegal drugs campaign dubbed “ Olpan Tokhang” with a severe case of substance use disorder.
Tong-an said once completed, the Department of Health Caraga regional office will deploy 98 health workers to operate the 150-bed capacity with a floor area of 6,750 square meters.
The drug rehabilitation center will have an admission or administration building, a pavilion or transition area, a staff house, motor pool, male and female dormitoriesand multi-purpose covered court.
The facility will feature “modernist architectural style,” with its main facade designed “like a window of hope facing the future.” It symbolizes the “opening of each patient’s heart,” with the center “helping them step into a new and bright future.”
The provincial government donated the lot for the center’s site, which is located at the foot of fully reforested 1,750-hectare Mt. Magdiwata watershed which has impressed the visiting officials.
Tong-an said DOH will complement the facility with community-based clinics for drug dependents that will be based in the , halfway houses as the provincial government already had an advantage in dealing with drug abuse dependents since it already implemented the Substance Use Recovery and Enlightenment program.
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