NARCOTIC addiction cannot just be alleviated or fixed by the victim himself, he has to seek professional help from medical experts, psychiatrists, and counselors among others, so that he can be guided in his journey to recovery.
The Negros Occidental Drug Rehabilitation Center placed at the Camp Aniceto Lacson compound in Victorias City, Negros Occidental under the direction of Dr. Ernesto A. Palanca, M.D., NODRFI executive director, persisted to serve its mission that began way back 16 years ago, enabling drug dependents to find their way back to their family and society.
The center has touched more hearts, taught more minds and transformed more lives in the course of their endeavor.
The center was envisioned to offer a safe and conducive venue for treatment of and rehabilitation of drug dependents with equal opportunities to develop their potentials through education, skills training, and public awareness that will empower them to regain greater control over their lives and their future.
The center provides a multi-disciplinary treatment for substance dependents in a holistic approach and with the knowledge for human security and development.
Dr. Palanca said the center commits to serve as a catalyst for social transformation which provides equal opportunities to enhance substance dependents’ potential to become effective and productive citizens of our society, to effect values transformation, and to preserve all that is good in the Filipino culture.
The philanthropists who help Dr. Palanca establish and maintain the center operation include the late former Governor Joseph Maranon, former Vice-Governor Isidro Zayco, Atty. Corazon Diploma, Dr. Jilson Tubillara, Fr. Edgar Saguinsin, the late former Victorias City Vice Mayor Severo Palanca, former Cong. Jose Carlos Lacson, former Bacolod Cong. Monico Puentevella and former Cong. Carlos Cojuangco.
Currently, Governor Jose Eugenio Lacson, 2nd District Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, the Cities of Sagay, Silay, Kabankalan, Talisay, Binalbagan, Pontevedra and several others, provided financial support to the center who employs professionals and experts who help ensure an acceptable and adequate drug rehabilitation program for the narcotic dependents.
For 16 years, of the 689 patients who suffered from various forms of drug and substance dependency, more than 400 of them have recovered and have returned to their communities as law-abiding and productive citizens.
Dr. Palanca wishes to ask those with kind hearts to help the center financially as it will be of great help.
He encourages the collaborative efforts of both the public and private entities to alleviate the lives of our brothers and sisters who have fallen prey from the use of the illegal substance, that they would be able to get cured and can function normally again back to their family and community.