MANILA - At least "13 taipans have committed" to fund the construction of "community-based rehabilitation centers" across the country, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) revealed Thursday morning.
DILG Secretary Mike Sueno did not identify the 13 businessmen but said that both local and foreign enterprises have been giving donations to help the government put up smaller rehabilitation centers that would accommodate drug users and pushers who surrendered to authorities.
Earlier, San Miguel Corporation announced that it will give the government P1 billion for the construction of rehabilitation facilities.
"A rehabilitation center is already being constructed in Nueva Ecija. There are a lot of governors and city mayors who have offered sites in their cities and provinces," Sueno said.
"We are asking (local government units) for at least 10 hectares so that we can teach surrenderers how to plant high-value crops, and how to raise poultry," he added.
The DILG is also planning to let inmates serving one to three years of imprisonment stay in community-based rehabilitation centers to "decongest city jails."
Aside from community-based rehabilitation centers, the government is set to construct four major rehabilitation facilities --- two in Luzon, one in Visayas, and another in Mindanao --- by next year.