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Tagaytay drug rehab center celebrates 58th founding anniversary

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite (PIA) — The Department of Health-Tagaytay Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DOH-TTRC), the country’s first drug rehabilitation center, marked its 58th founding anniversary in a celebration held on March 27 at The Bayleaf Cavite in General Trias City.

The celebration which carried the theme “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” highlighted the nearly six-decade journey and success of the rehabilitation center in changing the lives of drug dependents.

Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Benjamin C. Abalos Jr. graced the event as the guest of honor and speaker.

The DOH-TTRC, formerly manned by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), is the first treatment and rehabilitation center in the country that began in 1965. In 2005, the Department of Health took over the operations of the center by the Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,

From 20 drug dependents, the center has grown into a complex treatment and rehabilitation center that can accommodate up to 300 patients. It is maintained and supervised by employees from different fields of expertise ranging from medical officers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.

The DOH-TTRC continues to serve with the mission to provide individualized, evidence-based, and holistic treatment and rehabilitation services to Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUDs) and their families, to sustain their long-term recovery and to help them improve their quality of life.

Joining SILG Abalos and DOH in celebrating the center’s success were DILG Usec. Margarita N. Gutierrez, DOH Usec. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, DILG Provincial Director Lionel L. Dalope, PNP Provincial Director PCol. Christopher F. Olazo and Cavite local officials. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite)


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