The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) to implement a treatment and rehabilitation program inside the New Bilibid Prison for persons deprived of liberty with drug use issues.

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IN PHOTO: DDB Chairman Secretary Catalino Cuy hands over a check worth Eight Million and Five Hundred Thousand Pesos to Bureau of Corrections Director General Undersecretary Gerald Bantag

A financial assistance amounting to Eight Million and Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 8,500,000.00) was turned over to BUCOR, through Director General Undersecretary Gerald Bantag, for the construction of a facility inside the New Bilibid Prison. The grant will be used to construct NBP’s treatment and rehabilitation center.

DDB Chairman Secretary Catalino Cuy lauds the initiative of BUCOR to revive the treatment and rehabilitation center inside the NBP and extended his support to its programs, “The DDB welcomes and commends this initiative of BUCOR to target the inmates facing drug dependency issues. DDB fully supports the effort as it looks forward to the establishment of the rehabilitation center,” he said.

Secretary Cuy also expressed his gratitude to Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as he was instrumental in forging the partnership between DDB and BUCOR. Cuy shared that it was in a meeting initiated by Senator Go where the plan to establish a rehab facility in the NBP was discussed.

“We are optimistic that with the treatment and rehabilitation facility in place, drug dependency through appropriate interventions in jails will be addressed,” he added.

The turnover of financial assistance is in line with the priorities under the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy to successfully implement the evidence-based treatment and rehabilitation programs of the government and address problems of drug use and dependence in the community.