Ayala group is latest donor in Duterte's anti-drug drive


Posted at Jan 24 2017 03:27 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2017 07:20 PM


MANILA - The Ayala Foundation announced Tuesday it was helping build a drug rehabilitation center in Marawi City, becoming the latest conglomerate to support President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-narcotics campaign.

The 70-bed facility called Siyapen, the Maranao word for "care," will be built over four months until April this year. Located near a mosque, the center will enable easy access to spiritual counselling, the foundation said in a statement.

Ayala Foundation chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala said the firm was "responding to the national government's call for private sector support in addressing the drug problem."

Ayala Corp. rivals Megaworld and DMCI have helped fund construction of a rehabilitation center for up to 10,000 drug dependents, which opened at an army reservation in Nueva Ecija province in November.

San Miguel Corp. President Ramon Ang has also pledged financing for future centers, as well as a hospital for soldiers.

The President met with the country's tycoons over dinner in Malacanang last week to clear "wrong perceptions" on his war on drugs.