Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino sees nothing wrong with the construction of the multi-million peso Mega Drug Rehabilitation Facility in Nueva Ecija.
This contradicts the controversial statement of recently resigned chairman ng Dangerous Drugs Board Chief Dionisio Santiago.
However, Aquino noted, the government did not benefit properly from the said facility as there seems to be negligence in the implementation of the project.
“Kung gawin nating mandatory yung mga drug surrenderers natin na 1.3 million di sana puno yan. Ang problema hindi na-implement yun. So ang nangyari diyan sa Nueva Ecija Drug Rehabilitation Center, voluntary,” PDEA Chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino said.
(If we make it mandatory for our 1.3 million drug surrenderers, it would be filled. The problem is it has not been implemented properly. The program in Nueva Ecija Drug Rehabilitation Center is voluntary.)
For the PDEA Chief, there should be Centralized Rehabilitation Centers in the Visayas and Mindanao since building such facilities in every province is not a practical decision.
“Kung maglagay ka niyan bawa’t probinsya ng rehabilitation just to be near with their family, ewan ko kung gaano kalaki ang aabutin natin niyan,” Aquino said.
(If you will build one in each province just to be near their family, I don’t know how much it will cost the government.)
Meanwhile, he agrees with the suggestion of Santiago to build a community-based reformation center.
“Tama yung sinabi ni Sir Santiago na mag create tayo ng community-based para naman doon sa gustong mareform. Kasi reformation will just entail two to three months, reformation. Compared to rehabilitation aabot minsan yan ng taon.”
(I agree with what Sir Santiago is saying about creating a community-based center for those who want to reform. Because reformation will just entail two to three months, reformation, compared to rehabilitation, which could take years.) – Ani Sta. Ines | UNTV News & Rescue
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