“Fit to Work” Former Drug Dependents granted Livelihood and Skills Training Program


The Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted a charitable Skills and Livelihood Training program dedicated to bettering the lives of 200 self-confessed, former illegal drug dependents.
Sixty-Five (65) Drug Surrenderers from the Region 6 province were favored to join the first batch of a 45-day training held in Palo, Leyte with 18 courses to participate including  motorcycle servicing, service consumer electronic products and systems, food processing, organic vegetables cultivation, organic chicken raising, massage, emergency search and rescue, stress management, traffic management, village peacekeeping operations, self-defense techniques, environmental protection, conflict management, internal security operations, community integration, counseling, and healing.
These beneficiaries who also underwent Disaster and Risk Management Training and Rescue Operations, among others, are expected to become first responders in their respective communities in times of need. The PNP lauds the start of yet another Livelihood Training Program in March with a larger estimate of 300 more surrenders that were both users and traders.

In partnership with the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and a certificate they acquired after training along with the newly developed skill, a normal and productive lives is ahead of them, PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Gilberto Cruz said.

“The training are designed not just to help them earn money for their own and their family, but become first responders in their communities during calamities and emergencies”, PNP Chief Cruz said

“Those are the trainings they have to undergo so they can start a new life and also be useful and helpful during times of calamities and emergencies,” Cruz added.

Consequently, the PNP also sponsored a Fun-Run activity called as “Takbo Para sa Pagbabag” (Run for Change) with proceeds expected to capitalize the program.

Gilboy is one of those who volunteered to undergo the program while Kimberly is the only female beneficiary.

“I want to grab this opportunity that is why I didn’t hesitate to sign up for this training,” Gilboy said.

“Although, I feel uncomfortable because I am the only female in this group, but my desire to change my life and be a better person is stronger,” Kimberly shared.

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Source:  ptvnews.ph

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