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To help addicts start fresh: Fresnedi teams up with DOH for drug rehab

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Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has partnered with the Department of Health – Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DOH-TRC) in Bicutan to subsidize the treatment and rehabilitation of indigent drug-dependent residents in the city.

Fresnedi signed a memorandum of agreement with DOH-TRC executives on December 2 to formalize the grant of financial assistance by the local government to the drug rehabilitation facility.

Under the agreement, Muntinlupa LGU will be financing the seven-month treatment of first time patients and indigent drug-dependent residents of Muntinlupa amounting to P26,250.00 per beneficiary.

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).

Admission of patients to DOH-TRC Bicutan will begin in 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.

Fresnedi said he is hopeful that the financial assistance from the local government will encourage indigent drug dependents in Muntinlupa to seek medical help as they wean themselves off narcotics.