EU to give financial assistance to the Philippine government's anti-drug campaign

The European Union is now considering giving financial assistance to Philippine government's anti-drug campaign, particularly through rehabilitation of drug addicts.

EU Ambassador to the Manila Franz Jessen said that EU is conducting a study into funding the drug rehabilitation of drug dependents in the country.

“We are trying to see if we should change the funding and focus more on the drug issue which is a key project for the government,” Ambassador Jessen revealed during an interview in the sidelines of the launching of the book, “Ties That Bind: Celebrating 25 years of EU in the Philippines,” held recently in Makati City. “It’s a question of a change in funds within the health sector toward the drug issue.”

Jessen said that EU is now coordinating with the Department of Health to see how it can support the best practices currently being executed by the government to ensure that drug dependents can get the treatment they deserve.

“We have ongoing discussions with the administration with regards to creating a system for half-way houses to make sure that former addicts are integrated into the society without returning to their drug habit,” he said.

EU was one of the earlier critics of the anti-drug campaign in the Philippines due to the numerous cases of extra judicial killings.

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Source: Manila Bulletin

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