VICE Mayor Daniel Fariñas has proposed an ordinance that would provide financial assistance to the only drug rehabilitation center in the city.

It is the pursuit of the Shalom House to provide services to residents of the city who could not afford the high cost of private rehabilitation, Fariñas said.

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There is a need for the city to provide funds for the Shalom House in order for the organization to be able to continuously perform their established vision and mission for the youth, he added.

Shalom House, Inc., a non-governmental organization that acts on referrals from the cities courts for all cases involving use and possession of dangerous drugs as mandated by the Dangerous Drugs Board is now asking for financial help from the city.

An amount of P300,000 is being asked by Fariñas to be appropriated from the un-appropriated balance of the 2010 executive budget to augment its administrative and manpower expenses.

Although the facility was able to acquire financial support from Hope Foundation of Netherlands to fund an In-house Treatment Recovery Center, the remarkable increase of drug related cases referred by authorities coupled with people who come to the facility voluntarily has greatly affected their administrative and manpower capability. 

“The city acknowledges the contributions in providing pillars to our plans and programs of developing our constituents to become physically healthy and mentally upright in order to function properly in our society,” he said. (Paul Rillorta)