P1 billion set for rehab of drug users

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte allocated P1 billion for the rehabilitation and medication of drug dependents, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.

"Meron siyang (President Duterte) isang billion na ida-download at itatalaga sa Department para tulong naman doon sa mga drug dependents na undergoing rehabilitation (He allocated P1 billion to the department for the rehabilitation of drug dependents)," said Taguiwalo, who was a guest speaker during the DSWD 66th Anniversary Program on Friday, March 1, at a mall in Davao City.

The fund will cover the maintenance of drug dependents who could not afford prescription medicines while undergoing treatment or rehabilitation and post medication.

Taguiwalo said the gesture of the President shows that he is also concerned with the welfare of drug addicts who are seeking rehabilitation amid the criticisms he has earned both locally and internationally due to the rising of death tolls attributed to his campaign against illegal drugs.

She said they are still in the process of ironing out the guidelines and provisions of the program.

"Wala pang guidelines kasi inaaral pa natin (There is no guidelines yet because we are still studying it)," she said.

Taguiwalo has already assigned her assistant secretary to look at the details of the program to effectively implement it down to the grassroots level.

She said they are eyeing to finish and release the program's framework by this month.

"Gusto natin ngayong Marso. Alam niyo naman si President gusto niya huwag patagalin pero...kailangan natin ng malinaw na guidelines para makapagsilbi sa marami at batay talaga sa pangangailangan (We want by this March. The President won’t like to take it too long but we need a clear guidelines to serve the appropriate necessities of people)," she said.

The source of the funds that will be used for the program will be coming from the income generated from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.
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