City of San Fernando, Pampanga—The Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Sto. Nino, Magalang in this province is offering treatment for drug dependents like pushers, users and others who are now surrendering to the government in line with its strong campaign against illegal drugs.
Frank Ocampo, executive director of the privately run rehabilitation center, said that drug dependents can live a better life after one year of treatment inside the center.
“They can even earn a job after treatment as welders, masseuse, and computer technicians,” Ocampo said.
Ocampo said that the seven hectares center along the Pampanga Agricultural College is now treating about 500 dependents. The number includes three doctors, four lawyers, policemen, barangay captains and others. Most of the dependents come from Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, and Bulacan provinces.
According to Ocampo, aside from drug dependents, the center also treats alcoholics and those with mental health issues.
For the minimum payment of P6,000 a month, the dependents will have three meals a day, doctors, psychiatrist, nurses, helpers, and assisted by almost 200 employees to help them.
Aside from the proceeds from the dependents, the center receives a minimal annual financial assistance from the Department of Health to sustain their operation.
Dependents are given courses in welding, computers, massage, and others so they could develop technical and vocational skills.
The government runs 48 rehabilitation centers while 18 others are privately run nationwide.