BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The country’s largest food conglomerate is eyeing an undeveloped land in the vicinity of former Kabatang Barangay (KB) Agricultural Training Center located at the foot of historic Mt. Samat in the upland village of Liyang, Pilar town, this province for the proposed drug treatment and rehabilitation facilities.
Engineer Ricardo C. Herrera, provincial assessor, has disclosed the strategic plan of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) to acquire five (5) hectares land solely intended as rehabilitation site for drug pushers and users.
Herrera said the leading food and energy firm enthusiastically responded on the urgent call of the national government on the participation of public and private institutions on its persistent anti-drug campaign.
According to Herrera, the righteous objective of the SMC of helping the country confront drug addiction is part of its sincere commitment and corporate responsibility.
Such project, Herrera said would expand the advocacy of Bataan Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia of realizing a drug free status for the province; on the road to economic prosperity for the historic peninsula.
He added the province has three existing Bahay Pagbabago Reformation Centers for drug pushers and users situated in Bataan police headquarters, former constabulary district office in Barangay Lamao, Limay and at the former Army detachment in Barangay Camacho, this city.
Various sectors have asked Congress to step up its budgeting program which would establish drug rehabilitation for the country’s 18 regions and 81 provinces due to the reported rising number of drug users and pushers surrendering to the government’s anti-drug crusade.