Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines


Tarlac, Philippines, 12/04/2019 - 08:18, UNIQUE ID: 190412_4
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Together with Belgian Ambassador Michel Goffin, Hungarian Ambassador Jozef Bencze, and Netherlands Ambassador Elizabeth De Lang, EU Ambassador Franz Jessen visited today (12 April) the Tarlac outpatient recovery clinic on 12 April 2019. The "Model Drug Recovery Clinic" project won the "Project of the Year Award" given recently by the Business Mirror's "Mission: PHL Envoys&Expats Award".

“I share this Award with Governor Susan Yap and the Tarlac Recovery Clinic team for their dedication and commitment, under the leadership of the Department of Health and the Dangerous Drug Board, for the successful establishment of one of the first pilot recovery clinics set up in the country with support from the European Union and other partners", said EU Ambassador Jessen.

This initiative is a very good showcase of how the EU collaborates with the government on its fight against illegal drugs as we, at the same time, illustrate our own experiences in addressing drug issues in Europe", said EU Ambassador Jessen.

Ambassador Jessen also paid tribute to the men and women working in the recovery clinics, to the patients and their families and communities and to the provincial and city governments who have supported the recovery clinics. 

While in Tarlac, the ambassadors will pay a courtesy call on Tarlac Governor Susan Yap and other mayors from Central Luzon.

The Tarlac outpatient recovery clinic is one of the first to be operational out of the six pilot sites identified by the Department of Health. Other sites are in Pasay City, Mandaue in Cebu, Oriental Mindoro, Compostela Valley in Davao and Ifugao.  

The Tarlac Drug Recovery Clinic is now moving towards becoming a recovery clinic center of excellence that will serve as a training facility for other recovery clinics. The clinic offers evidence-based drug abuse medical treatment in a voluntary outpatient setting that preserves human dignity via medical record privacy and confidentiality protection under the Philippine laws. It has a holistic approach not only focussing on de-addiction but also re-integration into the community after treatment.

Through this initiative, the EU supported the Department of Health for the development of a model of voluntary medical treatment for non-severely addicted drug users.. The Tarlac Recovery clinic closely cooperates with the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the provision of the patient’s food and transport expenses and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for vocational training support to promote re-integration into the community.

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