COUNCILOR Philiip S.
Zafra said the Cebu City Government will soon construct the
Phase 1 of the P3 million “Balay
Silangan” in Barangay Guba for
the rehabilitation of persons
who are hooked to illegal drugs.
Zafra said that he was
called by both Senator Pia Cayetano and Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano who facilitated the appropriation for the construction of
a rehabilitation center in Cebu
City. Pia made the facilitation
in the Senate, while Alan Peter
in the House of Representatives
during the discussion of the
2021 national annual budget.
Zafra said the P3 million
for the Phase 1 of Balay Silangan is now part of the General
Appropriations Act of 2021.
“We are looking forward
to construct that rehabilitation center at a city-owned lot
in Barangay Guba. After the
first phase, we are hopeful that
Congress will also appropriate
funds for the Phase 2,” Zafra
He said that it is the mandate of all Local Government
Units (LGUs) in the country to
construct and establish a drug
rehabilitation center under Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Atty. Clarence Paul Oaminal, former vice chairman of
the Dangerous Drugs Board
(DDB), said that Cebu City, a
premier city, failed to construct
a rehabilitation center. Balay Silangan is a project of the
Philippine Drug Enforcement
Oaminal said that because
Cebu City has no drug rehabilitation center, there was a proposal to build it in the Osmeña
Shrine, instead of putting a
cemetery there, but nothing
He said there is a rehabilitation center in Argao, Cebu established by Senate President
Vicente Sotto III and the late
Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.
Oaminal said that he is
happy that the Cayetanos were
able to source funds for drug rehabilitation center in Cebu City
because drug addicts are also
considered victims of circumstances. ELIAS O. BAQUERO