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Sara to addicts: ‘Help us help you’

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has guaranteed her full support to drug personalities inside the city’s rehab center.

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 Brgy. 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,” said Duterte.

Duterte has called on those inside the rehabilitation center to take advantage of the opportunity to overcome their addiction.

“Help us to help you. 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,” said Duterte

At the same time Duterte asked the families of those inside the center to cooperate fully with authorities which will expedite the rehabilitation process.

“So that in time, they may return to our society not just proactive citizens, but also as individuals that are enthusiastic about life, pursuing their dreams and contributing to nation building and development,” added Duterte.

Meanwhile, 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.

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