95 work­ing drug re­formists get pay

Sun.Star Pampanga - - STORIES! - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MASANTOL – The Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Pam­panga re­cently dis­trib­uted the salaries of drug sur­ren­derees who were un­der the Tu­long para sa Dis­ad­van­taged Work­ers (TUPAD) pro­gram.

Vice-Gov­er­nor Dennis “Delta” Pineda led the dis­tri­bu­tion of salaries to some 95 work­ers from the four towns of Pam­panga dur­ing a sim­ple pay-out cer­e­mony at He­roes Hall in the City of San Fer­nando.

Ac­cord­ing to Chief In­spec­tor Julius Javier, this town’s chief of po­lice, the par­tic­i­pants were drug sur­ren­derees who un­der­went ref­or­ma­tion through the Ba­hay Pag­babago pro­grams of their re­spec­tive lo­cal gov­ern­ment units.

Of the to­tal 95 TUPAD work­ers, Javier dis­closed 28 of them were from Masantol, 21 from Ma­cabebe, 18 from Mi­nalin and 28 from San Luis towns.

“Af­ter ng ref­or­ma­tion nila, hindi na­man im­me­di­ately makaka­hanap sila ng tra­baho so ‘yung mga gusto magka­roon ng in­come, in-en­roll namin sila sa TUPAD pro­gram as part of liveli­hood pro­gram namin for drug re­formists,” he said.

Javier added that the work­ers re­ceived P3,640 salary for ten days of clean­ing the com­mu­nity. Their job in­cluded grass cut­ting, clean­ing of canals and street sweep­ing, among other s.

He stressed that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Masantol and Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Pam­panga con­tinue to em­ploy dis­ad­van­taged work­ers, es­pe­cially drug sur­ren­derees, un­der the TUPAD pro­gram.

Mean­while, Javier also ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to Vice-Gov­er­nor Pineda for ex­tend­ing his re­sources to aid drug sur­ren­derees who con­tinue to re­deem t h em sel v es.

He stressed that the em­ploy­ment given to them will be sig­nif­i­cant on their way to rein­te­grate them­selves to the com­mu­nity.

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