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A DRUG treatment and rehabilitation center in Agusan del Sur, built with funding from the Chinese government, was turned over to the local government Monday, the Chinese Embassy in Manila announced. Located in the town of San Francisco, the 6,750-square-meter facility has a 150-bed capacity with an administration and clinic building. It also has a multi-purpose covered court, dormitory buildings, and visitors’ house in the center. “It is a strong demonstration that the Chinese government will accomplish every commitment to help the Philippines, our friendly neighbor,” Economic and Commercial Counsellor Jin Yuan of the Chinese Embassy in Manila is quoted by state-run Xinhua News Agency. Philippine Health Undersecretary Roger P. Tong-An, who attended the inauguration and turn-over ceremony, said, “This is the first drug rehab center in Agusan del Sur province. Thanks for the support from the Chinese government and we are really happy about this project.” For his part, Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza said the center will allow the local government to better address the illegal drug problem and provide better help to the drug dependents. “We would like to cooperate with our counterparts in DoH (Department of Health) to address this issue,” he said.