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DN rehab center still subsidizes fees of alcoholic, drug patients

Monday, 15 November 2010 08:00
Almost a  decade in service, Davao del Norte’s drug rehabilitation center continues to accept patients on a subsidized scheme and even accommodates alcoholics.
Guesting at Kapihan sa Kapitolyo on Thursday,  Luntiang Paraiso Regional Drug Rehabilitation Center (LPRRC) executive director Gabriela Logronio said the center also caters rehabilitation services to alcoholics.
Of  the 30 patients currently under rehabilitation at LPRRC, 25 percent had been into alcoholism, said Logronio who is a registered nurse by profession.
Twenty patients are from Tagum City, two from Mati, Davao Oriental; two from Asuncion, Davao del Norte; three from Kapalong, Davao del Norte; two from General Santos City, and one from Leyte.
The provincial government of Davao del Norte has been operating LPRRC since 2001 with funding for building construction coming from the Dangerous Drugs Board.
It has signed a memorandum of agreement with component local government units (LGUs ) with regard to counterpart payment of rehabilitation fees.
Indigent patients who are residents of Davao del Norte can avail of LPRRC’s free rehab services.  The municipal/city government and the provincial government of Davao del Norte shoulder the charges of their stay at the center.
But those whose families are found to have a substantial monthly income as shown in their income tax, are charged fees depending on the bracket of their earnings.
“Those whose families have less than P10,000 monthly income are relieved of any charges,” Logronio said.
Logronio  said about 300 drug and alcohol patients have been discharged by LPRRC which, she said, is the only drug rehab center in Mindanao, accommodating male, female and even child patients.
Logronio said 17 patients will leave the center next week as “graduates” and will turned over to their families in a ceremony which will form part of the week-long observance of the Drug Prevention Week.  [PIA 11/jean duron-abangan]