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SMC, gov’t to build drug rehab center

Delivering on an earlier commitment to support the government’s campaign against drugs, San Miguel Corp., through its social development arm the San Miguel Foundation, has signed an agreement to construct a drug rehabilitation facility in the province of Bataan.

The facility is the first of several that the company is looking to build under a P1-billion donation it pledged to the government in August of this year.

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno, Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, Bataan Gov. Albert Garcia, SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang, and non-profit Pilipinong May Puso Foundation Inc. chairperson Rowena Kristina Amara Velasco, signed the agreement.

“We’re fully supportive of our government’s anti-drug dependency efforts. We want to be able to do our part in helping drug dependents reform – especially the youth. With the right guidance, we’re hopeful they can re-enter society with positivity and become productive individuals,” said Ang.

“This is why we are putting a lot of energy and thought into this program. More than just a physical structure, we want this facility to have significant meaning to many families who have been affected by illegal drugs. We hope it will provide former drug users the means to truly change their lives for the better, for good.”

Under the agreement, SMC will provide funding and undertake construction of the rehabilitation facility. It will be built on land identified and provided by the Bataan provincial government.

The DoH, which will run and maintain the facility, will provide specifications for the facility in consultation with the DILG and the Office of the President.