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In Bataan town, drug reformists get second chance in life

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo and PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, co-chairs of the anti-drugs body, visit the Bahay Pagbabago in Bataan that has become the model for the nationwide drug rehabilitation program

2ND CHANCE. Drug reformists in Dinalupihan, Bataan share how the Bahay Pagbabago helped them turn their back from illegal drugs. Screenshot by Rappler

Robredo: More funds needed for separate rehab centers for drug users, pushers

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Tingin natin kailangan dapat mas bigyan ng malaking budget iyong DOH para magawa nila iyong dapat nilang gawin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

DRUG REHAB. Vice President Leni Robredo gets a briefing from the Department of Health officials on the status of drug rehabilitation efforts so far. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Unlike DOH programs with lower funds, drug rehab gets boost

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Funds for the DOH's drug rehabilitation program nearly doubles in its proposed 2019 budget, while other programs ensuring the allocation of health centers and health workers are clipped

Bacolod breaks ground on first-ever drug rehab center

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The first drug rehabilitation center of Bacolod will also cater to drug dependents from other localities

How compassionate pragmatism can help drug users

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:29 PM

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky: 'We don’t have to dismantle our traditional treatments but extending our reach enables us to engage people in the early stage'

How Legazpi City fights drugs through its health office

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The city government holds the community-based rehabilitation program in an air-conditioned venue and provides food for participants to show them that they matter

LEGAZPI CITY HALL. The facade of Legazpi City Hall. Photo from RioHondo at English Wikipedia

Duterte opens Chinese-donated Bukidnon drug rehab center

Aug 03, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The P500-million facility is donated by Friends of the Philippines, a group of Chinese businessmen led by Jose Kho, associated with a company behind planned massive reclamation in Manila Bay

JM de Guzman graduates from drug rehabilitation program

Jul 22, 2018 - 6:13 PM

This comes after actor JM de Guzman went on a hiatus for two years due to a drug addiction relapse

From drug addiction to priesthood

Mar 25, 2018 - 8:20 PM

For Fr Flavie Villanueva, a former drug user, faith is one of the reasons why he was able to get out of the vicious cycle of addiction

Calida on Sereno, Carpio on Roque, 2018 Oscar winners | Evening wRap

Mar 05, 2018 - 9:25 PM

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Malacañang thanks EU for drug rehab aid

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The European Union will modify the standard text of its future financial deals with the Philippines to avoid reiterating the condition on respect for human rights, which has angered Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Supreme Court flag ceremony, High inflation rate expected, EU fund for PH drug rehab program | Midday wRap

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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EU to give P242M for DOH drug rehab program

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Stefano Manservisi, director-general for international cooperation at the EU Commission, says the amount would be released in the 'next days'

Photo from Camille Elemia/Rappler

PANOORIN: Ano ang ginagawa ng Quiapo Church laban sa patayan?

Jan 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Ipinaliwanag ng Quiapo Church rector ang mga programa ng simbahan para sa drug rehabilitation at pagtulong sa mga pamilya ng EJK victims

NAZARENE FEAST. A replica of the image of the Black Nazarene is seen on top of a jeepney on January 7, 2018, in a replica procession ahead of the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

For families of EJK victims, Christmas will no longer be the same

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The holidays turn somber for those whose loved ones died in extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs

Robredo urges police, military, Church to support drug rehab programs

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:05 PM

'Sa inyo po kami huhugot ng pag-asa. Alam po namin na mas marami iyong matitino,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells police and military officers

DRUG REHAB ADVOCATE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech in front of 28 graduates of a drug rehabilitation program in Nueva Ecija. Photo from Robredo's Facebook page

DDB 'supports' operation of mega drug rehab in Nueva Ecija

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Dangerous Drugs Board's latest statement comes over a week after its chairperson, Dionisio Santiago, was sacked for criticizing the 10,000-bed facility in Fort Magsaysay

MILITARY LAND. The rehab dorms have been built on military land. File photo from the Department of Health

Duterte 'offended' by Santiago's criticism of drug rehab approach

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:11 PM

'You do not go to the press and start to blabber,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about axed DDB chief Dionisio Santiago

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DDB chief Dionisio Santiago asked to resign

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The DDB chairman is asked to resign after his remarks criticizing the mega drug rehabilitation center funded by a Chinese tycoon

Duterte on Mabilog, Roxas and Drilon, Pope Francis | Midday wRap

Oct 26, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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Pope Francis endorses drug rehab led by Cardinal Tagle

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

'That's the way to go,' Pope Francis says, in his first publicly known comment on the Philippines' drug problem, as President Rodrigo Duterte wages a bloody war on drugs

POPE AND CARDINAL. Pope Francis (left) speaks with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) during the Synod on the Family at the Vatican on October 5, 2015. File photo by AFP

PNP launches ‘Life After Tokhang’ drug rehab program

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:56 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) expands its role in the drug war to include rehabilitation

PATH TO REHAB. Thousands of drug suspects take their oath to participate in drug rehabilitation. File photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Drug rehab to get P2 billion cut under 2018 nat'l budget

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:22 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial says the budget removed from the centers will be used instead for funding barangay and rural health units

Caloocan bishop: 'Stop the killings, for heaven's sake!'

Aug 26, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the death of teenager Kian delos Santos served as a thorn that has pricked the conscience of our people and has awakened them from moral slumber

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Jun 28, 2017 - 1:05 PM

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Rappler Talk: Michael Berg on harnessing power of mind to beat addiction

Jun 08, 2017 - 2:50 PM

How can drug addiction be conquered? Kabbalah Center International s Michael Berg speaks

Psych interventions needed in drug rehab programs – expert

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The Psychological Association of the Philippines spearheads the Katatagan Kontra Droga sa Komunidad a program that trains community volunteers in facilitating drug rehabilitation

COMMUNITY FACILITATORS. By the end of the training, volunteers from the Diocese of Caloocan and Our Lady of Assumption Parish are set to implement the modules in their communities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ear acupuncture: Alternative treatment for drug addicts

Feb 25, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Ear acupuncture – not only inexpensive but said to be very potent as well – is part of Bacolod City’s community based drug rehabilitation program

Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: On his own: 'New hope' under one man's drug rehab program

Feb 04, 2017 - 9:38 AM

A barangay worker inspires new hope for drug dependents in Quezon City

On his own. Renato comes in early every Saturday morning to set up the projector and sound system for the day’s session.

Duterte, Calida, Macalintal | Evening wRap

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:12 PM

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From Mary Jane to Mama Mary: Ex-drug addict tells his story

Jan 14, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Fazenda da Esperança graduate Richard Elson a former drug addict who is now a seminarian believes that every life has hope

EX-DRUG ADDICT. Richard Elson, a former drug addict who is now a seminarian, speaks at the 'Day of Hope' Mass at the Manila Cathedral on January 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

VLOG: Cardinal Tagle at ex-drug addicts sa 'Day of Hope'

Jan 08, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads a thanksgiving mass for former drug addicts from the Fazenda de Esperanca drug rehabilitation farm in Masbate

Fil-Chinese businessmen funding next mega drug rehab center

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Funds for the center to rise in Bohol are sourced by a Cebu based foundation supportive of President Duterte

REHAB PROGRAM. President Rodrigo Duterte inspects the first phase of the Mega Drug Rehabilitation Center in Nueva Ecija along with Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

DILG: China keen on donating drug rehab facility to PH

Dec 22, 2016 - 11:40 AM

They will be sending over a delegation in order to have an ocular inspection of the possible areas where they can build the rehabilitation facility which they will finance says Interior Undersecretary John Castriciones

MORE REHAB CENTERS. This mega drug treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is a donation of Chinese tycoon Huang Rulun. File photo from the Department of Health

Alliance Global allots P1.2B for drug rehab centers

Dec 21, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The rehabilitation center to be built in Taguig City will accommodate around 500 drug reformists according to Alliance Global

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Alliance Global, through one of its foundations, will finance the construction and the design of the facility, which will soon rise on a 6,582 square meteres of land inside Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. Rappler file photo

Part 2: The Philippines as target market for illicit drugs

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

A public health approach rather than a law enforcement one should form the basis for a response to drug use and dependence

BUST. Police seize P2-B worth of drugs at Subic port. File photo by AFP

Part 1: Drugs 101: What you need to know about the PH drug situation

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Killing people – especially by police and paramilitary forces – has never stopped a drug problem anywhere Instead it contributes to a climate of fear instability and distrust in law enforcement personnel

WAR ON DRUGS. Scene of the Crime Operatives process a scene where drug suspects were killed. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Drug rehab, RH budget, Zika, and other public health newsmakers in 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 8 issues in the public health sector that made headlines in 2016

Duterte to drug addicts: Free meds or rope this Christmas?

Dec 13, 2016 - 5:19 PM

Duterte also tells addicts to stay inside their homes or face consequences Mas mabuti di kayo lumabas ng bahay Magkulong na lang kayo ng bahay pag nakita kita sa labas dadamputin kita

Duterte, Chinese tycoon inaugurate ‘mega’ drug rehab center

Nov 29, 2016 - 8:10 PM

The President thanks Chinese real estate tycoon Huang Rulun for his donation of P1 4 billion for two drug rehabilitation centers

UNVEILING. President Duterte, Chinese businessman Huang Rulun (beside Duterte, on the right), and Cabinet members attend the inauguration of the mega drub rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on November 29, 2016.

House panel quizzes DOH on drug rehab, animal bite programs

Nov 09, 2016 - 7:50 PM

A couple of lawmakers ask Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial about her department s capability to implement certain programs

COA: P189.63M for drug rehab facilities still unliquidated

Nov 06, 2016 - 10:45 PM

The Commission on Audit calls on the Dangerous Drugs Board to demand reports from implementing agencies on how they used funds given to them throughout the years

PH gov't to UN: Consider anti-drug campaign 'beyond the headlines'

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:25 PM

NEDA Deputy Director General Rosemarie Edillon in a dialogue with a UN committee says the Philippines is addressing the drug problem with treatment and rehabilitation among others

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Parish in Manila launches anti-drug dependency program

Oct 24, 2016 - 1:15 PM

This program will take a holistic approach – psychological physical spiritual and social – to turn around the lives of drug dependents

PHOTO-OP. Volunteers, officials and policemen join together for a photo after a Eucharistic mass was held for the ceremonial launch of the Anti-Drug Dependency for LIFE Ministry on Sunday, October 23.

Duterte creates task force to oversee drug rehab centers

Oct 15, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Among others the inter agency task force is expected to determine the type capacity and suitable locations of centers with a long term goal of having at least one in every province

Chinese to fund 12-hectare drug rehab center in PH

Oct 14, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The area of the drug rehabilitation center is equivalent to around 17 soccer fields combined

Robredo: Roll out community drug rehab now to stem killings

Oct 12, 2016 - 3:06 PM

The Office of the Vice President is part of the interagency team that will pilot a community based rehabilitation program in 11 LGUs

REHAB CENTERS. Vice President Leni Robredo is pushing for community rehabilitation centers to help the government's war on drugs.

'We cannot arrest our way out of this drug problem'

Oct 01, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Speaking to Rappler US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield says the drug problem is a public health crisis as much as it is a law enforcement crisis

DRUG KILLINGS. Police and Scene of the Crime Operatives inspect another victim of drug-related killings. File photo by C. Gabuco/Rappler

Gov't 'making use of whatever is available' for drug rehab in PH

Sep 25, 2016 - 3:27 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says various government agencies are working together to provide treatment and rehabilitation to surrendered drug personalities

1st drug rehab center opens at Army camp in Agusan del Sur

Sep 24, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The Residential Treatment and Rehabilitation Center can accommodate 60 patients at a time and shall be managed by the provincial government of Agusan del Sur

 Photos courtesy of Colonel Cristobal Zaragoza and the 401st IB