Ex-drug users to be tapped for MRT-7 project–Vice Mayor Belmonte

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A consortium led by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has committed to hiring former drug dependents who managed to complete the Quezon City government’s rehabilitation program for its MRT-7 project.

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte made this announcement on the sidelines of a ceremony for the 100 former drug dependents who have finished the community-based rehabilitation program of the QC Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council.

The QCDAAC is chaired by the lady politiko.

Belmonte said San Miguel will formalize its commitment through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) 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,” Belmonte noted.

“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 added.

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 (PNP) shows that there are 16,000 drug surrenderees in Quezon City under 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, which will run for three months.
After the three-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 won’t go back to their old ways.