Japan gov’t to put up drug rehab center in Baguio — Mayor Domogan

BAGUIO CITY -– Mayor Mauricio Domogan confirmed Tuesday that the Japanese government will put up a state-of-the-art drug rehabilitation facility in Baguio, although there is no definite site for it yet.

A three-hectare land area is needed for the purpose.

The mayor said the information was relayed by Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Henry Tong-an, a native of Benguet province, during a meeting.

Domogan said the DOH official informed him about the plan of the Japan government to bankroll the construction of a drug rehabilitation center which will cater to the increasing needs of the drug surrenderers in the city and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Domogan said the city has a 139-hectare property in Sto. Tomas but to develop it will require an estimated P200 million for the construction of the necessary access road. The City Engineering Office earlier estimated the expense.

The area was earlier tagged for the city’s engineered sanitary landfill but such plan was set aside considering the large amount needed to develop the place.

Domogan said he asked Tong-an to discuss with the Japan government the possibility of putting up the rehabilitation center outside Baguio City.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the private sector in the city have partnered to work out the initial rehabilitation of the growing number of drug surrenderers but a local drug rehabilitation center where the drug surrenderers could be treated will make the difference in their reformation of the surrenderers. Liza Agoot/PNA-northboundasia.com