City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) XII reported during the 62nd Regional Development Council (RDC) XII meeting on June 20, 2018 in Tacurong City that the on-going construction of the Dangerous Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DDATRC) project in Kawas, Alabel, Sarangani Province is  65.07% completed as of May 31, 2018.

The project, funded by the Chinese Government, has a total cost of PhP 302.161 Million.  Its implementation is in partnership with the Provincial Government of Sarangani; East China Architectural Design Institute Co. Ltd.; JV Engineering Construction Consulting Co. Ltd. of Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group as the project management company; China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. as the EPC contractor; and Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd. as the design institute.

The DDATRC has a total floor area of 6,750.36sq.m. with 150 beds comprising a 2-storey admin-administration/clinic building; 3-storey visitor’s hall/male dormitory building; 2-storey staff house/female dormitory building; multi-purpose covered court/kitchen/mess-hall/workshop building; 2 units of facility-subsidiary building (for substation and sewage treatment plant); and a guard house.  The project’s structural design is climate and disaster resilient that could withstand an intensity 9 earthquake.

The project is the first major drug rehabilitation center in SOCCSKSARGEN Region in response to the War on Drugs program of President Duterte.  The DDARTC may not be able to accommodate all drug surrenderers in the region through its 150-bed capacity, and it is hope to see the establishment of additional drug rehabilitation centers in the other three provinces of Region XII.

The Department of Health (DOH) XII shall oversee the operation of the center.  It shall be manned by 98 personnel composed of medical and administrative staff.  Hiring and training of personnel are scheduled in July to August 2018 while filling up of permanent plantilla positions will be in December 2018 to May 2019.

The DDATRC is expected to be completed in December 2018, ahead of its target completion date by more than one (1)-month.  (Evie Arabis Cabulanan, NEDA XII-DRD)