QUEZON CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- The Muntinlupa City Government has allocated financial assistance amounting to P26,250 for the treatment and rehabilitation of any indigent drug-dependent resident in the city.
This, after they partnered with the Department of Health - Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DOH-TRC) - Bicutan when Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed a memorandum of agreement with DOH-TRC officials led by Chief of Hospital Dr. Alfonso Villaroman and other local officials at the Plaza Central, Poblacion in Muntinlupa City, earlier this week.
A financial assistance amounting to P26,250.00 per beneficiary, equivalent to seven months of treatment, will be given to first-time patients and indigent drug-dependent residents.
According to the Muntinlupa PIO, Mayor Fresnedi is hoping that the financial assistance from the local government will encourage indigent drug dependents in Muntinlupa to seek medical help in resolving the adverse effects of illegal drugs.
The local government shall also shoulder the expenses for the following services: laboratory services (P820.00), drug dependency examination prior to admission and prior to discharge (P1,000.00), and three months Intensive Aftercare Program (P5,400.00).
Furthermore, Muntinlupa Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Office (DAPCO) will facilitate the continuation of the aftercare program for beneficiaries following their admission to DOH-TRC Bicutan.
The local aftercare and reintegration program (Mamamayan at Pamilya Laban sa Droga - MAPALAD) consists of livelihood trainings, job placement initiatives, and continuation education in partnership with the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa and Muntinlupa City Technical Institute.
The DAPCO targets to cater to at least 150 beneficiaries. Admission of patients to DOH-TRC Bicutan will begin on the second week of January 2021. Interested residents should coordinate with their Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) for assessment to avail the subsidy from the local government.
Other officials attending the MOA signing ceremony were DOH-TRC Financial and Management Officer Esteban Dino, Muntinlupa Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac, City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela, Coun. Francis Bagatsing, and DAPCO chief PSSUPT Florocito Ragudo (Ret.).
For more information, the public may coordinate with the Muntinlupa Drug Abuse and Prevention Control Office located Muntinlupa City Hall, G/F Main Building, Putatan with telephone no. 8403-6689 / 8862-2525 loc. 212. (PIA NCR)