Drug rehab center opens inside an Army camp in Agusan

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DAVAO CITY– A drug rehabilitation center inside Mindanao’s Army camp opened Friday in the town of Propseridad, Agusan del Sur.

The center occupies two-hectare property inside the 334-hectare military camp Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade which opened Friday, September 22 in the province of Agusan del Sur in partnership with the provincial government.

Called the Residential Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (RTRC), was inaugurated with Atty. Salvador Panelo as Guest of Honor representing the president.

The center can accommodate 60 patients at a time and shall be managed and administered by the provincial government of Agusan del Sur.

The establishment of the RTRC is in line with the province’s drug rehabilitation program called, Substance Use Recovery and Enlightenment (SURE).

SURE aims to give victims of drug use a second chance to life and keep them away from drug syndicates who are covering their tracks.

Gov. “Eddiebong” Plaza of Agusan Sur lauded the Army unit for the significant support the government’s anti-drug campaign.

Plaza said that his province takes pride of having the 401st Brigade as an adopted Army unit and a partner in his provincial development programs.

Col. Cristobal N. Zaragoza, the Army’s 401st Brigade Commander, said that this is part of a team collaboration existing between the military and the local government.

“We will give our all-out support to this campaign of the President,” said Zaragoza “A drug-free province is necessary for a drug-free country,” he added.

During the opening 18 male patients were accommodated, all male, Zaragoza disclosed.

The health personnel will be provided by the Department of Health in coordination with the provincial government of Agusan.

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