Final site for the drug rehab center is Cortes


The proposed 500-bed Bohol drug rehabilitation center will be relocated to its final site, Cortes, where the province’s medical tourism and wellness complex will also be set up.

Gov. Edgar Chatto said the site, where the modern Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) is likewise to rise, was visited by Asec. Aurora Ignacio of the Office of the President Special Project (OPSP) Saturday.

Considered as one of the country’s major drug rehabilitation facilities, its planned original location was within the military reservation in Katipunan, Carmen but then changed to somewhere in Ubay.

The center’ new site is within the sprawling estate owned by the provincial government in Malayo Norte, Cortes where, Chatto said, the Bohol Youth Home (BYH) is to be likewise constructed for the children in conflict with the law (CICL).

Ignacio initially inspected the site in anticipation of the preparation of the project, according to Provincial General Services Office (PGSO) Chief Glenn Doloritos who guided the Palace official.

Project sponsors arrived in Tagbilaran City this morning for a meeting with Ignacio, Chatto and other concerned agency officials.

The sponsors include Taipans or Chinese businessmen who have committed fund aids to the establishment of strategic rehabilitation facilities in the country pursuant to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

The change of location has been agreed by Chatto and Cabinet Sec. Leoncio Evasco, Jr. during their dialogue on Thursday, according to Provincial Social, Economic and Environmental Management (SEEM) Cluster Head Liza Quirog.

Reliable supplies of water and power, plus the center’s accessibility, have been together cited among the crucial considerations altering the two previous site proposals.

The big rehabilitation facility is probably the only coming singular vital infrastructure work with proposed sites in three Bohol districts for final selection.

Chatto recalled that the memorandum of agreement on the essential project was already signed during the visit of Evasco and Sec. Paulyn Jean Rossel-Ubial of the Department of Health (DOH) last January.

The DOH and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are among the major agencies behind the drug rehabilitation program in the country.

The DOH itself must be so positive about the potentials of all the imminent Cortes-hosted developments for medical tourism and wellness complex, so that it is placing there, too, its newest warehouse.

The huge stock facility will enhance the capacity and services of the DOH not just in Bohol but Central Visayas.


While the rehabilitation center is yet to concretely materialize, Chatto said Bohol’s Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program Without Walls (CBRPWoW) is gradually gaining momentum.

The program seeks to treat the slightly- and moderately-affected or low-risk and moderate-risk drug victims using community-based interventions—without them confined and literally walled inside rehabilitation centers, like the one to rise in Cortes.

The CBRPWoW is a convergence of the efforts of the government, church, civil society, and various sectors and groups.

Meanwhile, Chatto reminded all the mayors, barangay captains and purok leaders to keep lead their people to stay alert against the threat of illegal drugs “in the manner of our uncompromising vigilance against terrorism.”

But the governor also—and again—reminded that in the vigilance against drugs, the family is the first government of its members and the parents are the first authority over their children.

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