At least 128 reformed drug users have completed their six-month rehabilitation and livelihood training at the Tahanan rehabilitation center in Payatas, Quezon City.
“Thank you for coming over to Tahanan. There are users who do not to go through rehabilitation because they do no want to change,” Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said as she attended the ceremony.
The graduates underwent six months of counseling and livelihood training in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
“Tahanan is not a hospital or a detention facility, but a home to look after you, to care for you and give you the love of a parent,” Belmonte said.
“I am happy that Quezon City has one of the best facilities,” she added.
Tahanan, which opened in 1993, is the country’s first treatment facility for drug dependents that is accredited by the Department of Health and is fully funded and managed by a local government unit.