Ex-mayor of­fers job to drug re­formists

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

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.

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