ORMOC CITY, Leyte, August 11 (PIA) – The lives of some 29 drug surrenderees of Ormoc City will soon be changed for the better after the city government of Ormoc in partnership with some private groups in the area provided them with skills training.
The provision of skills training is part of the many services provided by the city’s community drug rehabilitation program dubbed Agakon ug Giyahan Atong Kaiugsuonan (AGAK).
Mayor Richard I. Gomez, this city, together with the representatives of Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP)-Ormoc Chapter and Ormoc Sugar Planters Association (OSPA) Training Center met on Friday, August 11, at the City Mayor’s conference room with the first batch of the city’s drug surrenderees informing them of their inclusion in the Sheet Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I training.
The one-month training will be facilitated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in cooperation with the OSPA Training Center, and the city offices of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Health Office.
The 29 drug surrenderees will receive an amount of P 2, 600 each after the completion of the training and they will be given two toolkits.
A 30-year old drug surrenderee from Barangay Naungan who is part of the 29 drug surrenderees provided with skills training on SMAW NC I, said “the training is really of great help in changing his life and that of his family."
“This will be an additional source of income,” Hitgano, who presently works as tuba gatherer, and a guard of a fish pond and egg layer farm, said after being informed that he was included in the training.
He further said that this is a big opportunity for drug surrenderee like him and similar others to get out from the dark past which ruined their lives after engaging in the use of drugs. (ajc/rsvictoria/PIA8- Ormoc)