Press Release/ 11 September 2018
As part of President Duterte’s overall response to the ongoing drug abuse prevention program, the Department of Health (DOH) today starts the four-day summit to share experiences and best practices on the effectiveness of community-based drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers called Recovery Clinics.
This initiative is guided by Republic Act No 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 which mandates that it is the State’s policy to provide effective mechanisms or measures to reintegrate into society individuals who have fallen victims to drug abuse or dependence through sustainable programs of treatment and rehabilitation.
In response to this, policies were drafted and implemented for about a year in selected LGUs that led to the development of guidelines in the establishment of recovery facilities.
Slated from September 11-15 in Palawan, the event will serve as the dissemination forum of the guidelines and showcase the best practices developed in other LGUs through its Provincial Health Officers, with the end goal of implementing it on a nationwide scale.
The previous pilot sites were selected based on social acceptability, cultural and geographical adaptability with unique characteristics plus the commitment of the LGUs for its sustainability. These included: Ifugao (Reflection Camp), Tarlac City (mainly for work places), Pasay City (under the ADAC or anti-drug abuse council), Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (model for islanders), Mandaue City (for harm reduction), Cebu and Compostela Valley in Davao Region (multi-cultural model).
These recovery clinics aim to provide immediate and accessible interventions for PWUDs (Persons Who Use Drugs) who submit themselves voluntarily for intervention. This also serves as a vital part of the referral system for PWUDs in connection with the DOH’s Formula One Plus for Health service delivery network strategy.
“The DOH truly cares for these individuals who fall victims to drug abuse or dependence through appropriate mechanisms with the establishment of said recovery clinics. Through the experiences of previous pilot areas, it is hoped that the best practices can be replicated in different areas, and ultimately throughout the whole country,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III stated.
The summit will also serve as an opportunity to disseminate information and updates on dangerous drugs, Guidelines of FOURmula One Plus for Health (F1+), Service Delivery Network, Dengvaxia, Nutrition, Leptospirosis and Sanitation.