Proposed drug rehab center in Camp Tito Abat, Pangasinan on course, says governor

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The establishment of a drug rehabilitation center in Camp Lt. Tito B. Abat in Manaoag town, Pangasinan province for the benefit of some 13,000 drug surrenderers, is on course, Governor Amado Espino Jr. has said.

Espino said the signatures of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff and the defense secretary had already been obtained and two more signatures are needed so that the project could finally begin.

He expressed concern over the big number of surrenderers, considering that the province only has one rehab center in Dagupan, which is under the Department of Health.

At least 10,000 hectares of land in Camp Tito Abat would be needed for the rehab center, which will be operated by the AFP and the provincial government, he said.

Another drug rehab center is being eyed by the province in Burgos town to accommodate drug surrenderers from western Pangasinan.

The development of the Burgos rehab center began during the administration of former governor and vice governor, Rafael Colet and Gonzalo Duque respectively, but was discontinued when their successors took over.