Department of Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Center--Bicutan

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Department of Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Center — Bicutan is a residential center that was created for the treatment of adults and children who are addicted to drugs. It is located at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig. It is a private, non-stock and non-profit institution administered by the Department of Health (DOH) and founded on 9 November 1972.



The largest institution of its kind in Asia, the center has the facilities to treat up to 3,000 at a time. It treats street children who are on drugs as well as other children and adults who abuse substances. The center provides addicts with medical, physical and mental rehabilitation. It also gives psychological support, including personality development training, spiritual enhancement and family therapy, as well as skills training.


The center was first set up on 9 November 1972 by Col. Bienvenido L. Felix, Commanding Officer of the Constabulary Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), who also founded the Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Network, Inc. (DARN). The chief of the center was Colonel Artemio Agustin, MC. The center was housed in three buildings in the Veterans Compound in Taguig leased from the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, with a capacity for 90-100 residents.

On 1 March 1975, the center moved to its current location at Camp Bagong Diwa. Over the years, the institution was renamed three times as its management changed. First it was renamed CANU Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (CANU-TRC). On 1 February 1983, it was renamed AFP-Narcotics Command, as it was then under the operational supervision of the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. When it was placed under the control of the PC/INP, it was called Narcotics Group-DRC. When the PC/INP was abolished and replaced by the Philippine National Police, the center was placed under the management of the PNP and called PNP NARCGROUP-DRC.

The center’s Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center, a division specializing in the treatment of child drug dependents, was founded in 1998. The Metro Manila Development Authority also sponsored the construction of 17 new dormitories for the center.

On 1 April 2008, the center was placed under the management of the Department of Health and was renamed the DOH Treatment and Rehabilitation Center — Bicutan.

Requirements for admission

  • Certificate of Drug Dependency issued by any DOH or Dangerous Drug Board accredited physician.
  • A petition for voluntary submission filed at the Regional Trial Court in the area where the individual is residing.
  • Court order of Voluntary Submission for treatment and rehabilitation for a drug dependent.
  • Chest x-ray result showing no findings of any contagious disease.
  • For residents 35 years old and up, an ECG result showing that the subject is able to withstand treatment.
  • For women, pregnancy test with a negative result.

Contact information

DOH-TRC-Bicutan J.P. Rizal St. Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City

Telephone: (046) 413-1334.


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