Ex-mayor offers job to drug reformists
SAN SIMON – Former mayor and businessman Rodrigo “Digos” Canlas of this town recently offered hundreds of job opportunities to drug reformists who graduated from the Bahay Pagbabago reformation program.
Canlas, who owns a trucking and tire shop business, stressed that ex-drug users and pushers who have successfully redeemed themselves deserve a second chance in the community by having a decent job to provide for their families.
“Kung nakita natin ang kagustuhan nilang magbago at ang potential nila para magtrabaho, bakit hindi natin sila tulungan makahanap ng trabaho ‘di ba? Para sa akin, ito lang muna ang maitutulong ko sa mga kabalen ko para sa tuluyan nilang pababago,” Canlas said during the opening of the third batch of “Bahay Pagbabago ni Apung Pilar” here.
Aside from providing opportunities to his fellow Simonians, Canlas said his move may be the least thing he can share to the intensified campaign against illegal drugs launched and spearheaded by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
He disclosed that he already hired at least 20 drug reformists from the first and second batches of Bahay Pagbabago graduates here.
He also urged those who have graduated but are still unemployed to visit him personally for possible employment.
Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. Homer Policarpio, who spearheads the threemonth reformation program here, lauded the generosity and initiative of Canlas aimed at providing assistance for the once-disoriented Simonians.
He cited the united efforts of local officials led by Mayor Leonora Wong, the police force and community in giving second chance for the reformists.
“Kaya napapaganda at nagiging successful ang reformation program namin dito ay dahil nakasentro ito sa Panginoon at binubuo ng lahat ng sektor ng komunidad,” he said.
Policarpio said that from the first two batches of surrenderees who graduated from the Bahay Pagbabago ni Apung Pilar, not a single one was reported to have come back to the illegal v i ce.