City junks rehab center project

THE Cebu City Government will no longer push for the renovation of its abattoir in Barangay Subangdaku in Mandaue City as a temporary rehabilitation center for Oplan Tokhang surrenderees.

This, after the Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) learned that none of the 50 individuals undergoing outpatient rehabilitation treatment want to be admitted to an intervention center.

“I had a proposal before (to turn abattoir into temporary rehab facility). But none of them want to be in-house patients. Unless it’s voluntary, but no one’s admitting,” said Cosap and City abattoir head Dr. Alice Utlang.

She said the patients under the City’s We Care Program are not compelled to enlist themselves to any facility, unless they have committed a crime that would make the in-house treatment mandatory as provided by a court order.

Out of 100 individuals from Barangays Mabolo, Buhisan and Sambag II, Carreta, Tejero and Kamagayan enrolled in the program, only 50 are actively participating in the interventions.


Of the number, only 10 are supposedly fit for outpatient care, while the majority need a more intensive treatment.

With some using illegal drugs for 36 years, the patient’s level of dependency is increased to ‘addict,’ not just ‘user.’

“They don’t even want to be an outpatient, how much more as inpatient. Based on those we’ve assessed, they’re no longer qualified as outpatient because of their degree of usage,” Utlang said.

While the City’s rehab center proposed by Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa is still under construction, Cosap will proceed with the intervention programs required for outpatients who are enrolled to We Care for three months.

Part of their programs for the enrollees are tree planting activities and skills training to help improve their livelihood.

As for the abattoir, which was shut down last Aug. 31, Utlang said it can be used by other interested entities if they wish to.

“It’s also okay, but only until Dec. because I was informed that mayor (Tomas Osmeña) has plans for the facility,” she said.
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