LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- After more than two decades, the provincial government will soon realize its plan to put up a drug rehabilitation center.
The lot in Burgos town where it will be constructed was first donated to the provincial government in 1992 by former Burgos Mayor Demetrio Cabiles. But nothing materialized.
With the immense number of drug addicts in the country and limited number of drug rehabilitation centers, President Rodrigo Duterte announced at his first State of the Nation Address, that military camps could be utilized.
Reacting on this, Gov. Amado Espino III earlier had initiated talks with the leadership of Camp Tito Abat in Manaoag town for the possible transformation of several of its facilities into a ‘half-way house’ for drug users who doesn’t need yet to be confined at rehabilitation centers.
Espino said he was informed that several signatures are needed from higher Army or AFP officers for the project to get a green light. With this problem and as time is of the essence, the provincial government opted to reconsider the original plan more than two decades ago and went back to the Cabiles family to renegotiate.
Last Monday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during its regular session passed a resolution authorizing Governor Espino to sign and accept a donation of a two-hectare lot in Burgos town as site for the establishment of a drug rehabilitation center in Pangasinan.