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Ormoc LGU breaks ground for AGAK drug rehab and wellness facility

ORMOC CITY – A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of an AGAK Drug Rehabilitation and Wellness Facility located in Brgy. Macabug of this city was held on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

According to Engr. Lionel Eric Roble, Project Engineer of the City Engineer’s Office (CEO), the said facility has an appropriation cost of Php 5M for the construction of phase 1, which will include the layout and excavation; backfilling and compaction; reinforcing steel works; and concrete works.

Meanwhile, building area is 330 sq. meter and funding for the project will accordingly be derived from the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) through the efforts of Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez of Leyte 4th District and the Ormoc Development Team (ODT) led by Mayor Richard I. Gomez.

According to the program manager of AGAK, Dra. Amela C. Cam, the main objective of the said project is to have a permanent facility for the drug surrenderees, or People Who Used Drugs (PWUD). She added that drug abuse affects many people at different levels, and it is considered to be a personal disease that requires a specialized treatment program.

AGAK is a Drug Rehabilitation and Support Services in Ormoc City, while the building according to Dra. Cam will serve as an outpatient facility that will be holding rehab sessions.

Mayor Gomez, at the said groundbreaking ceremony, gladly and proudly said that “AGAK is a very successful anti-drug program of the city”.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo L. Locsin, Jr. said that it was ODT that gave importance to eradicating drugs in this city, adding, “Tagaan og chance ang mga tawo sa Ormoc, second life mao nagpadayon ang mga programa.” Members of the 15th Sangguniang Panlungsod were also present at the said activity together with Dr. Edmund Kierulf of City Health Department (CHD), City Local Government Operations Officer (CLGOO) Jean Redi T. Briones, RN, MDM of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Ormoc, PCOL Ramil Ramirez of Ormoc City Police office (OCPO), Engr. Ranulfo Oliveros of the City Engineer’s Office (CEO), and Engr. James Toledo of Artesons General Engineering and Construction Services. By Gwen Maurillo

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