Lapu-Lapu City to build reformation center

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The city government of Lapu-Lapu is planning to establish a reformation center for drug addicts and pushers who have surrendered.

Mayor Junard Chan recently met with City of Lapu-Lapu Office for Substance Abuse Prevention head Garry Lao and City Social Welfare and Development Office head Annabeth Cuizon and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-7 regional director Levi Ortiz to discuss the said plan.

According to Lao, the reformation center will be called “Balay Silangan,” a drug reformation program established by PDEA in 2018. (

“It is intended for surrenderers who fall under the pushers’ category as it is mandatory for every local government unit to have a reformation center based on the Dangerous Drugs Board regulation,” he said.

The city is also eyeing the House of Hope facility, a Department of Health-accredited center in Barangay Gun-ob, to become the “Balay Silangan.”

However, a letter of intent and memorandum of agreement is needed for it to be realized.