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December 21, 2017

Signing of Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation Project with the Philippines: Developing evidence-based drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation programs

On December 20, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines in Manila for the Project for Introducing Evidence-based Relapse Prevention Programs to Drug Dependence Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers in the Philippines.

The project will enhance treatment and rehabilitation programs at drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation centers licensed by the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines with the aim of providing more effective treatment and rehabilitation services.

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, due to a rapid rise in patients, the drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation facilities that are DOH-accredited are not able to provide treatment and rehabilitation services that are adequate in terms of quality or quantity.

At top-level talks between Japan and the Philippines on October 26, 2016, the Government of Japan (GOJ) issued a statement announcing support for the treatment and rehabilitation of illegal drug users. Through subsequent consultations, the GOJ has committed itself to building treatment and rehabilitation facilities, formulating treatment and rehabilitation programs, and supporting human resources development and education activities. Using its various types of assistance such as grant aid and technical cooperation, JICA has, in turn, supported measures to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines from a perspective of strengthening treatment and rehabilitation services. JICA has also organized study tours as part of an assistance package where officials from the Government of the Philippines observed the Japanese experience in dealing with drug dependence which included visits to drug treatment facilities and awareness raising. On the physical infrastructure side, a grant agreement was signed on April 3, 2017, for the Programme for Consolidated Rehabilitation of Illegal Drug Users (CARE). Key components of the grant assistance are the construction of treatment and rehabilitation facilities and the development of facility design and management guidelines. Through this technical cooperation assistance, training and technical support for treatment and rehabilitation services and the development of relapse prevention programs will be provided. This will ensure a more holistic approach to ascertain the effects of the treatment and rehabilitation programs, improve program quality, and build the capacity of service providers.

By providing more effective treatment and rehabilitation services at drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation centers, the project is expected to contribute to improvements in the health and facilitate smoother integration of drug dependents back into their communities after release from the centers.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of the Philippines
Project title The Project for Introducing Evidence-based Relapse Prevention Programs to Drug Dependence Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers in the Philippines
Planned implementation period December 2017 to December 2022
Executing agency Department of Health
Target region Drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation centers under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health (Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers in Bicutan and Tagaytay City will serve as model facilities)
Specific project details (provisional) Development of treatment and rehabilitation programs and a training system applicable throughout the Philippines, enhancement of research functions for demonstrating the effectiveness of treatment and rehabilitation programs, enhancement of functions for monitoring and evaluating treatment and rehabilitation services

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