04 Jul Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in CDO Observed an Increase of Admissions
An increase of client admissions was observed in the government-owned drug treatment and rehabilitation center (TRC) in Cagayan de Oro since the last quarter of last year. This was told by Erwin Rommel Lingad, nurse III and TRC health education designation officer.
“It is a fact, dili ko kaingon kung pila ka percent, but ga-increase ang among admission from Cagayan de Oro City since last year because, I think, na increased ang awareness nga naa diay ga-treat sa substance of abuse, nga barato pa gyud sa Cagayan de Oro (Though I can’t confirm the percentage, it is a fact that there’s an increasing number of admission from Cagayan De Oro due to the heightened public awareness),” said Lingad, with the client admissions reaching 42 in the month of June alone which is by far the highest recorded for this year.
Presently, TRC has 162 clients which has already exceeded its admission limit of only 50 clients. with the youngest aged 16 and the oldest aged 50.
As said by Lingad, “The building’s capacity is up to 100-bed capacity so we applied for 100, but the 50-bed capacity was only approved because we used to lack manpower. Huot siya pero manageable pa man pud, dili gyud kaayo ingana pa ka-congested.”
The said facility, which only accepts male patients, was established in 1998 and is located at the boundary of Barangay Maitum, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and Upper Puerto, Cagayan de Oro. The majority of the clients are poor coming from Lanao del Norte, with Cagayan de Oro patients as detainees at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the city.
Initially, TRC was under the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)10 which was then transferred to the department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao as suggested in the Republic Act 9165 or the Comnprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act which states that all NBI and police-owned rehab centers to be transferred under the administration of DOH.
Being the only government-owned rehab center in the region, TRC is also the cheapest which only coasts P3,000 per month compared to private-owned rehab costing P25,000 to P35,000 a month. It accepts clients as far as Cotabato City. yet, this week, it will accommodate another 28 clients from Tagum City in Davao.
“Sa pagka-karon, enough man pud ang support sa government, naa gane plan to expand, padungagan ug covered court ug worship room, but kulang pa gihapon siya especially kung magka-daghan na ang clients,” Lingad said.