- San Miguel Corp. said it will donate P1-B for the construction of drug rehab facilities
- The funds will be disposed through concerned government agencies
- Initial talks have been conducted with the PNP to discuss the project
The country’s largest business conglomerate, San Miguel Corporation (SMC), is taking its corporate social responsibility to the next level by donating P1-B for the construction of drug rehabilitation facilities across the country in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s relentless campaign against illegal drugs.
In an announcement on Thursday, SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang said they will match the company’s record donation of P1-B it earlier gave to the typhoon rehabilitation efforts.
“Peace and order is key to our country’s progress and development,” Inquirer quoted Ang as saying. “More significantly, our human capital is key.”
Ang said that by supporting the Duterte government in its effort to rid the country of illegal drugs, SMC will be “helping create an environment that will enable various sectors of our society to participate in and contribute to our country’s growth.”
Without going into details, Ang disclosed that the funds will be disposed through concerned government agencies.
He added the company had already met with Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Rolando “Bato” Dela Rosa to discuss the project.
President Duterte’s widespread campaign against illegal drugs has resulted into thousands of suspected users and peddlers voluntarily submitting themselves to authorities for fear of ending up as victims of summary execution.
In the absence of an adequate rehabilitation program and facilities, the government is facing another potential problem about how these people should be reformed before they will be reintroduced to the society.
According to Ang, PNP officials have acknowledged the growing need for more rehab centers since many of the existing ones were either too costly, or are already filled to the rim.
With such initiative, the SMC president said, lives will be saved, families will be protected and better communities will be built.
“In the fight against illegal drugs, rehabilitation is crucial to providing drug dependents a chance at restoring their lives and becoming part of the solution to a better Philippines,” Ang added.