Pasig City to open own drug rehabilitation center

PASIG City will soon open its own drug rehabilitation and reform center, the first in-patient rehab base to be operated by a local government unit.

Outgoing Pasig City Mayor Bobby Eusebio said the project is in keeping with the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

“Bahay Reporma” will be a three-storey edifice located in Barangay San Miguel, which is less than three kilometers from the Pasig City Hall. The 150-bed center will offer both medical and psychotherapy services for persons suffering from various forms of addiction, including alcoholism and non-substance dependence.

Eusebio said the facility will have adequate areas to safely, efficiently and effectively provide health service to patients. Pasig City residents will be given priority.

The mayor noted a decrease in the number of Pasiguenos hooked on illegal drugs based on a five-year data from the Anti-Drug Council of Pasig (ADCOP) and the Pasig City Health Office. However, the same data showed an increase in female drug users, which warrants the need for an in-patient rehab program.

The Bahay Reporma, will have full-time medical staff to attend to the needs of the patients, will complement other anti-illegal drug abuse program of the Pasig LGU, among them the ADCOP holding center, Pasig City Out-Patient Center for Drug Abuse and a high-tech Drug Testing Laboratory housed within the city hall premises.

For efforts led by the Eusebio administration, ADCOP was recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government in 2016 and 2017 as having the best programs against illegal drugs use among cities within Metro Manila and second nationally, next only to Davao City.