Students fear as drug rehabilitation facility to rise near school

Students fear as drug rehabilitation facility to rise near school

- An upcoming drug rehabilitation facility near the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Sta. Rosa City campus has worried students

- The local government of Sta. Rosa City, Laguna is planning to convert an old compound into a drug rehab facility that could house at least 200 drug dependents

- Students say that the project makes them fear for their safety especially that some students are also using some of the houses in the old compound as classrooms

The plan to turn 15 houses into a drug rehabilitation facility near the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Sta. Rosa City campus (PUP-SLR) has worried students, claiming that the project makes them uncomfortable.

The P5-million-peso project is dubbed as “Dangal ng Pagbabago (Dignity in Change)” and is the city’s “immediate” response to the continuous increase in the number of drug users and pushers who have surrendered themselves to the authorities, Sta. Rosa Mayor Danilo Fernandez said.

Students fear as drug rehabilitation facility to rise near school

Sta. Rosa City Mayor Danilo Fernandez (Photo from santarosacity.gov.ph)

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The location of the facility is a 1,000-square meter area in Barangay Tagapo with 30 bungalow houses originally meant for city government employees some 20 years ago. Unfortunately, no one has availed of the housing project, making it unoccupied and idle for a period of time.

“It’s a nonperforming asset,” Fernandez said.

In 2003, some of the houses were used as classrooms, shortly after the PUP-SLR campus opened.

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Now that a drug rehabilitation facility is on its way, students expressed their worries.

“We don’t have any problem with a drug rehabilitation facility. But they should have considered a less populated location. No matter how much they secure it, we feel uncomfortable,” said Denise Sacramento, a sophomore PUP accountancy student.

Students fear as drug rehabilitation facility to rise near school

The location (Photo from Inquirer)

Although PUP-SLR, a campus with more or less 4,000 students, already has a new separate building, some of the classes are still held in the old compound.

“We fear for our security,” she said.

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As part of the project, 15 of the houses will be used to house at least 200 drug dependents hopefully by next month.

As of the moment, the houses are undergoing minor renovations. Walls will be built to separate the drug rehabilitation facility from that of the classrooms.

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, on the other hand, was already shown the place during its groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday.

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Fernandez also said that PNP officials will be assigned in the vicinity.

The mayor is set to meet with the students within the week.

“I myself was doubtful at first but we saw how our crime rate was reduced by almost half in a matter of two months,” said the mayor. “We should give them a chance,” he added. -Kami Media

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