Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has vowed to support 100 percent the desire of drug personalities to reform and live a life away from illegal drugs.
The mayor made this statement through her chief of staff and Davao City legal officer Raul Nadela during the 13th anniversary of the Davao City Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Drug Dependents in Bago Oshiro.
“I assure you that the city government will always give priority to intervention programs and initiatives for the rehabilitation of the citizens who are using drugs,” the mayor said.
Duterte also told residents of the rehabilitation center not to waste their chance of overcoming dependence on drugs through the city’s program.
“Help us to help you,” she said. “We earnestly hope that you overcome this problem, live a life away from drugs, and reunite with your families who truly love and care for you.”
The Presidential daughter also stressed the importance of family support for drug reformists.
“We need your help so they do not relapse and their stay here would not be wasted,” she said. “ So that in time, they may return to our society not just as proactive citizens, but also as individuals that are enthusiastic about life, pursuing their dreams and contributing to nation building and development.”
As the center entered its 14th year, the city also opened its new two-storey facility inside the compound.
Perla Redulosa, assistant manager of the DCTRCD, said the new facility will accommodate more reformists. The old facility currently has 110 residents.
The new building costs P6.6 million.
“This is home away from home for those who go through drug rehabilitation,” she said, adding that they would open the new facility for drug dependents in November.
The Dangerous Drugs Board funded the construction of the new building.