BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya- A Drug Rehabilitation Center (DRC) is expected to be built in this town to cater to drug surrenderers who need physical, spiritual, mental and psychological transformation and rehabilitation services.

Mayor Ralph Lantion said the town has offered a 4,000 hectare lot in barangay Magsaysay as a site of one of four DRCs to be constructed by the national government to house and provide the needs of drug surrenderers in the country.

“This is a lot of our family and we have already agreed to donate the 4,000 hectares as site for the proposed DRCs in our municipality. This will bring in employment and sanctuary for our drug surrenderers,” he said.

Lantion said he made the offer to the Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) through its undersecretary for operations lawyer John Castriciones.

Castriciones was in the province recently to meet with DILG provincial and municipal officials, Philippine National Police (PNP) authorities, Bureau of Fire Prevention(BFP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

Lantion said the DRC will offer a comprehensive package of services ranging from health, education, skills training, livelihood and employment opportunities for drug surrenderers.

“USec Castriciones is considering our offer as one of the four sites of DRCs which will be constructed in the country. We are just waiting for the approval,” Lantion said.

He said the construction of the DRC will be shouldered by the national government including the provision of equipment and facilities.

“Drug surrenderers should have custodians who will be accountable for their welfare. The DRC will also help in the development of barangay Magsaysay later on,” Lantion said.

The construction of DRCs by the national government is expected to help drug surrenderers in their total transformation.

It will also address and assist local government units in housing drug surrenderers brought in by the relentless illegal drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte.

From July 1 till the 3rd week of September 2016, there have been over 3,000 deaths linked to the “war on drugs” – both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings (including deaths under investigation).

Meanwhile, a total of 716,704 have surrendered in Project Tokhang of the PNP while the house the arrested personalities were 18,230. PNA