THE revelation that there are only 64 accredited drug rehabilitation centers throughout the country is a report that concerned government authorities must attend to.
In a country still teeming with shabu and other illegal drugs, mostly imported, the Philippines needs more drug rehab centers to boost its treatment efforts, according to various quarters.
Note that the eradication of the drug menace, along with graft and corruption and criminality, is a top priority of the Duterte administration, which is set to end at 12 noon on June 30, 2022.
That’s why we commend Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go for reaffirming President Duterte’s commitment to intensify the nationwide campaign to slay the dreaded “drug monster.”
But as the government continues to intensify the drive against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality, there’s also that urgent need to protect the welfare of drug dependents.
During last Tuesday’s hearing conducted by the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, Senator Go said the drug menace “upends lives, families and entire communities.”
That’s why attention must also be directed towards the rehabilitation of drug dependents, according to Go, a close associate of President Duterte and chair of the Senate health committee.
The public hearing also tackled Senator Go’s Senate Bill (SB) 399, which aims to support the campaign by requiring the setting up of one rehab center in every province under the DOH.
The anti-drugs war, in our view, can only gain some meaning if the government establishes fully-equipped drug rehabilitation centers not only in the metropolis but throughout the country.