January 5, 2018
The Department of Health (DOH) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) kicked off a 5-year technical cooperation project bolstering the Philippines' capacity in drug treatment and rehabilitation.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III and JICA Philippines Chief Representative Susumu Ito signed on December 20, 2017 the Records of Discussion underscoring JICA's technical support to establish evidence-based drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation services in the Philippines.
Under the cooperation, JICA will dispatch experts on drug treatment and rehabilitation in order to strengthen Philippine government's capacity to effectively deliver facility-based drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation services through research, training, and developing a Philippine relapse prevention model and M&E of services.
President Duterte has issued Executive Order No. 4 in 2016 establishing and supporting drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers in the country.
Early this year, JICA and DOH signed a 1.85 billion yen grant aid "Program for Consolidated Rehabilitation of Illegal Drug Users" or CARE that seeks to establish a DOH TRC and improve operational and design standards of TRCs in the country.
In all, JICA's development assistance aims to provide opportunity to drug dependents reduce the risk of relapse, and integrate themselves into society.
Aside from drug treatment programs, JICA has been actively supporting DOH's advocacy since the 1970s in areas such as maternal and child health services (MCH), and research and development on infectious diseases among other health challenges.