QUEZON CITY, April 19 (PIA)--A consortium led by San Miguel Corporation has committed to hire former drug dependents who completed the Quezon City government’s rehabilitation program for its MRT-7 project.
Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte who chairs the QC Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCDAAC) made this announcement on Tuesday (April 18) at the sidelines of a ceremony for the 100 former drug dependents who have completed the community-based rehabilitation program of the city government.
Vice Mayor Belmonte said San Miguel will formalize its commitment through Memorandum of Agreement to be signed on April 25.
“Aside from San Miguel, meron pang ibang mga private companies na gustong makipag MOA sa city government. Nakita kasi natin na merong mga suitable for clerical work o sa mga call center jobs. Sa paraang ito tinutulungan natin na sila’y makahanap ng hanapbuhay. Hindi naman kasi ibig sabihin na gumamit ka nang bawal na gamot ay masamang tao kana,” she said.
The MRT-7 project which traverses Quezon Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue all the way to San Jose del Monte Bulacan is expected to be completed in three years.
Data from the Philippine National Police shows that there are 16,000 drug surrenderees in Quezon City under its Oplan Double Barrel. Around 10,000 are registered in the integrated drug profiling system.
The city government’s rehabilitation program is composed of 12 mandatory clinical counseling sessions that will run for three months.
After the 3-month period, the drug surrenderees will undergo drug testing and psychological evaluation.
Those who need further treatment will be sent to the QC Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Payatas.
The Barangay Drug Abuse Councils are tasked to monitor the rehabilitated drug dependents to ensure that they have not slid back to their illegal ways. (PAISO QC/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)