• Written by Melnie Ragasa-Jimena
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Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar reported to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Direc-tor Oscar D. Albayalde, the successful signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC) and the SMC Mass Rail Transit 7 Inc. through the EEI Corporation, as part of their commitment of providing jobs for drug dependents who have surrendered since the implementation of the PNP’s Operation Tokhang.

Eleazar joined Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte, who also chairs the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QACDAAC), in the signing of the MOU which was attended by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) representative Raoul C. Romulo; EEI Corp. MRT 7 project manager Permo R. Sarsoza; SMC project director Atty. Oscar P. Paras Jr; QCADAAC Executive Director Rowena T. Macatao; QC Council Dangerous Drugs Committee Chairman Gian Carlo G. Sotto; PDEA-NCR Director Wilkins M Villanueva; DILG-NCR City Director Juan Jovian Ingeniero and QC Liga ng mga Barangay President Ricardo Corpuz.
Belmonte presented a brief background of the MOU, stating that the QCADAAC in full support of the ardent desire of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to eradicate illegal drugs, adopted various sustainable programs for drug users who surrender such as alternative learning system (ALS), livelihood, vocational skills building, spiritual program and employment assistance.
Belmonte expressed gratitude to Eleazar, who suggested to retired Brig. Gen. Frederick Ramos, head of security, MRT 7 project (SMC), the idea of providing jobs for drug surrenderers.
When presented to the SMC management, the proposal by Eleazar to Gen. Ramos to commit construction jobs, particularly for drug surrenders and have already undergone community-based treatment program, was eventually approved in principle.
Eleazar and Ramos relayed the ‘good news’ to Belmonte, which eventually led to the signing of the MOU between the QCADAAC and the San Miguel Corporation MRT 7 Inc.
The MOU states, among others, that the QCADAAC, referred to as the first party, will ensure and certify that only rehabilitated drug dependents suitable for employment are recommended.
On the other hand, the SMC Mass Rail Transit 7 Inc., also referred to as the second party, will recommend 400 qualified rehabilitated drug dependents to its designated contractor, the EEI Corporation, in line with the hiring.