Bagong buhay na: Ex-drug users get livelihood training from QC gov’t

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There is still life after drug addiction.

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is determined to prove this by giving former drug dependents access to work and livelihood opportunities.

Last Friday, the lady politiko led a program aimed at providing skills and livelihood training to drug surrenderees.

Around 300 drug surrenderees participated in the program, which was held in partnership with the Quezon City Skills and Livelihood Foundation Inc. and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

“We do not judge you because of your past,” Belmonte said.

“We’re here to help you get back to your feet, that’s why we have provided you with these simple, short courses that you will really find useful in starting your own livelihood,” she added.

Belmonte, who heads the city’s anti-drug abuse and advisory council, said the program is intended to equip the drug surrenderees with practical skills to be able to start a new life by engaging into business.

Courses offered during the one-day event include balloon decor-making, candy-making, soap-making, meat processing and bread-making.

The graduates received certificates and starter kits corresponding to each course.

Similar programs are expected to be conducted in other parts of the city in the following months, according to Belmonte.

Around 2,000 drug suspects have already completed the community-based drug rehabilitation program of the QC government.