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April 4, 2017

Signing of Grant Agreement with the Philippines: Strengthening the rehabilitation system and policies for illegal drug users to mitigate the problem of illegal drugs

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On April 3, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines in Manila, the capital city, to provide grant aid of up to 1.85 billion yen for the Programme for Consolidated Rehabilitation of Illegal Drug Users (CARE).

The program will provide the fiscal support required for the establishment of treatment and rehabilitation facilities, the improvement of rehabilitation programs and other initiatives for illegal drug users, thereby strengthening the medical treatment system and medical policies for illegal drug users overseen by the Department of Health of the Philippines and mitigating the illegal drug problem in terms of medical care.

The existence of a large number of illegal drug users has become a social issue in the Philippines, and many of those users require medical treatment at dedicated facilities. However, because the 44 rehabilitation facilities around the country that are licensed by the Department of Health do not have enough capacity, and the system that supports rehabilitation program quality and the social rehabilitation of users is inadequate, improving both the quality and quantity of services is a priority.

CARE will advance the construction of new treatment and rehabilitation centers andthe expansion of existing centers, and update facility management guidelines to improve the quality of rehabilitation programs, which is expected to strengthen the rehabilitation system and policies overseen by the Department of Health.

Through the combination of this program with technical cooperation, a project for inviting government officials to Japan and other initiatives, JICA is working to support illegal drug countermeasures by strengthening rehabilitation in the Philippines.

【Basic project information】
Country Republic of the Philippines
Project title Programme for Consolidated Rehabilitation of Illegal Drug Users (CARE)
Planned implementation period 41 months
Executing agency Department of Health
Target region, facilities The entire Philippines
Specific project details (provisional) Fiscal assistance for improvements to the treatment and rehabilitation facilities and rehabilitation programs, awareness-raising activities and other initiatives

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