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‘BALAI BANYUHAY’

SENATOR Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa and Valenzuela Mayor Wes Gatchalian led other key local officials in launching the city’s first drug treatment and rehabilitation center called: ‘Balai Banyuhay.’

Located in Barangay Punturin, the city-funded rehabilitation facility would be open to the public including those from the neighboring cities in the metropolis, Mayor Gatchalian said.

“This is Valenzuela’s way of offering hope for struggling drug dependents who seek healing and recovery from drug addiction and ultimately lead a reformed life.”

Its name was based on the words: ‘balai’ which means home, whereas banyuhay means ‘bagong anyo ng buhay’ or metamorphosis or transformation.

“It’s been envisioned that through the establishment of Balai Banyuhay, Valenzuelaños who underwent severe drug dependence can be rehabilitated and reintegrated as productive members of the community.”

“This is an interconnected issue, which transcends the physical borders of our city. That is why we are opening the doors of Balai Banyuhay not just to Valenzuelanos but also to our neighboring cities,” the mayor added.

The rehabilitation facility was established by virtue of an ordinance authored by Valenzuela Anti-Drug Abuse Council Action Officer, Councilor Atty. Bimbo Dela Cruz and Councilor Ramon Encarnacion.

The 2,600 sq.m., five-storey drug rehabilitation center is also registered as a free-standing, residential with outpatient service capability; having received the certificate of accreditation from the Department of Health last February 13, 2023, according to the city’s Public Information Office.

Services and facilities included in Balai Banyuhay were a 100-bed capacity sleeping headquarters, detoxification section, medical consultation section, psychological section, clinical laboratory, drug-testing laboratory, dental section, workshop area, lounge area, kitchen, mini garden, multi-purpose sports area, lecture rooms, and other offices to name a few.

Providing a holistic treatment and intervention, Balai Banyuhay fosters its residents with various programs including therapeutic community modality, aftercare, educational, livelihood and spiritual program.

There would be 53 trained and client-centric working staff that would take care of the residents and help the successful implementation of the programs, the city government said.

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