Manila, Oct. 14 -- A beach resort in Burayoc village, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte was opened on Wednesday to temporarily house former drug dependents.

In a simple program during the opening and blessing of the "Kanlungan ni Kuya", a two-story building with a beachfront, Mayor Rafael Ralph Benemerito II said the facility will initially accommodate 36 former drug dependents for at least 30 days.

They will be monitored by the local government unit and the Philippine National Police.

"I hope that they will become productive during their stay here as guests," he said.

The Bahay Silangan, locally known as "Kanlungan ni Kuya: Bahay Silangan" is a reformation center for residents who had been victims of drug abuse. The program offers values formatio...