In time with the season of giving, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) released financial assistance last December to Department of Health (DOH)-accredited Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (TRC), including facilities operated by local governments. The grants were given as funding support for the construction of additional buildings, expansion of facilities, and subsistence allowance of patients in the center.
A total of 14 TRCs were given assistance for the subsistence of patients. These TRCs were the DOH-TRC Bicutan, Region I, Tahanan ng Kabataan, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro, CARAGA, Argao, Dagupan, Salag, Camarines Sur, Iligan, Misamis Occidental, Negros Occidental, and Malinao. Meanwhile, 6 provincial government units also received assistance for the construction and expansion of a Community-Based Treatment Facility in their locality. This includes the Provincial Government of Tarlac, Compostela Valley, Ifugao, City of Malabon, Municipality of Lucban and Municipality of Dingalan, Aurora.
DDB officials led by its Executive Director, Undersecretary Earl P. Saavedra, turned over the financial support and signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with recipients as part of a continuous partnership in the fight against illegal drugs.
Republic Act 9165 mandates DDB to provide support (hand in hand with DOH) in the establishment, maintenance and operations of treatment and rehabilitation centers in the country.