Biggest drug rehab center in Mindanao launched: Government renews pledge to pursue war on drugs

The Philippine government led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte renewed its commitment to pursue its war on drugs at the inauguration of the biggest drug rehabilitation center in Mindanao on Friday, August 3, 2018.

The Northern Mindanao Wellness and Reintegration Center (NMWRC), located in a five-hectare land donated by the City of Malaybalayin, Bukidnon, has a 576-bed capacity that can accommodate 800 beneficiaries, will serve as rehabilitation and skills training center for drug dependents drug dependents.

Chinese-owned Friends of the Philippines Foundation (FPF) financed the construction of the P.5-billion NMWRC.

“Now the foundation that built the center not only donated the money but also invested time and energy in the design, quality, construction of the rehabilitation center, making this not only the best in the Philippines but also one of the best in Southeast Asia,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The foundation will also donate P13-million yearly to support the center’s operation, Roque said.

In his message, President Duterte underscored that the contamination of illegal drugs is a security threat to the country.

“Everyday, marami akong pulis na namamatay pati sundalo namamatay because they are also into the drug campaign. I have raised the matter of drug contamination as a security threat to the country. It is a security threat to the country,” President Duterte said.

“I focus on crimes and drugs. I will stop drugs. I have raised the matter of drug contamination as a security threat to the country. It is a security threat to the country,” President Duterte said.

Duterte pledged during his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) that the illegal drugs war will not be sidelined.