THE city government of Pasig and Eastern Police District (EPD) fulfilled their promise to help drug users who come out and voluntarily surrender reform so they would no longer return to their illicit vice. This after the local government, headed by Pasig City Mayor Robert “Bobby” Eusebio, and EPD director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula bared that they are eyeing jobs as laborers in local construction firms for at least 80 surrenderees in Pasig City.
A memorandum of agreement (MOA) to be signed today by EPD, Rotary Club of Pasig Inc. headed by Engr. Rogelio Lim, Anti-Drug Abuse Council of Pasig (ADCOP) chief Zenaida Concepcion, Pasig City Institute of Science and Technology chief Corinna Bugawan and Philippine Constructors Association-Metropolitan Chapter Engr. Elnardo Bolivar expresses their commitment to provide jobs and help reform lives of the drug surrenderees.
Statistics show that there have been around 3,477 surrenderees in Pasig City from July 1 up to November 3.
“Tayo dito sa EPD ay nais nating matulungan yung mga surrenderee na magkaroon ng trabaho para mareporma ang kanilang buhay at hindi na bumalik sa dati nilang masamang bisyo. Kaya naisipan kong makipag-usap sa Rotary Club of Pasig para makapagtulungan sa mga kumpanya na maaaring magbigay ng trabaho sa kanila,” Sapitula said an interview.
The 80 surrenderees will be the first batch to benefit from the job program called reintergration project of EPD.
Under the MOA, surrenderees will be a part of the construction industry as welders, pipefitters, carpenters, masons, plumbers, sanitary workers and electricians after undergoing training based on the TESDA Training Regulation curriculum.
The 80 surrenderees chosen and recommended to qualify for the reintegration program are drug users who have no pending arrest warrants, no pending criminal case, not convicted of any offense, have undergone rehabilitation and have signified intention to work so they can continue to support their families.