In response to the increasing number of drug users who are either yielding or being arrested, the Duterte administration has committed itself to building more jails and rehab centers in the country.
Currently, a mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) is being constructed in the biggest military camp in the country- the Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija. Expected to be finished by the end of October this year, it could accommodate 10,000 drug dependents.
In Central Luzon, temporary rehab centers or also known as Bahay Pagbabago (BP) Centers are housing at least 2,000 drug dependents. The BP centers are buildings, abandoned structures or rented facilities which are managed by the police, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Health, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and local governments.
Meanwhile, in Bohol, the local government plans to build more cells at the Bohol District Jail (BDJ) to address overcrowding of inmates.
A new jail facility and rehabilitation center worth Php50-million will likewise be constructed in Maguindanao for drug dependents.
Last month, the average jail congestion in the country is recorded at 488 percent.
Source: Manila Bulletin, GMA News Online and Philippine Daily Inquirer