PH gov’t eyes expansion of drug rehabilitation program in 2019


  • The Department of Health to expand its drug rehabilitation program to reach more patients through two new China-aid facilities.

  • The two rehabilitation centers in Mindanao with a 300-bed capacity will be operational in 2019.

  • Republic Cement to supply cement for the construction of the two rehabilitation centers.

TAGUIG CITY – Two drug rehabilitation centers are soon to be completed in Sarangani Province and Agusan del Sur in Mindanao. The rehab centers support the Department of Health’s (DOH) eyed expansion of its drug rehabilitation and treatment programs in 2019 that aim to reach more patients in the region. Said projects are part of aid granted by the Chinese government following President Duterte’s visit to China in 2016.


The construction of the said projects is led by China State Engineering Construction Ltd., China’s largest overseas building contractor and a known leader in China-aid projects, ranked No.1 among top 225 global contractors in 2017.


Meanwhile, Republic Cement, a leading cement manufacturing company in the Philippines with a nationwide footprint, has been tapped to provide Republic Type 1 cement, known for its high-early strength and optimum durability.


“We are glad to be part of DOH’s program to rehabilitate more patients with its existing drug rehabilitation programs across the country. We value the trust given to us by our client to supply quality cement for structures such as these that help build a stronger Republic,” said Nabil Francis, President of Republic Cement Services, Inc.


The two rehab centers are anticipated to open its doors in 2019 and will be among the top drug rehabilitation and treatment centers in Mindanao. With access to advanced medical equipment and well-established rehabilitation programs, each drug rehabilitation center has 150 beds, covering a site area of 3.05 hectares and construction area of 6923 square meters.


The two facilities will include administration buildings, clinics, male and female dormitories, visitor’s pavilions, transition villas, and multi-purpose covered courts. These centers also adopt the design idea of “Windows of Hope” where spaces are built to become fully functional to the patient’s well-being with modernized architectural style.


Once completed, the Philippine government will have full control over the operations to ensure compliance with Philippine standards and requirements.


“We look forward to serving more Chinese contractors in the country for various infrastructure projects, including those under the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative,” Francis stressed.


As of August 2018, DOH cited over 53 licensed and accredited drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers in the country. These centers include residential and outpatient facilities where 15 of which are government-owned.