In response to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s quest to combat drugs in the country, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has announced that they will be opening the doors of their training centers across the nation to help out drug users and dealers by providing them with skills training.
Guiling Mamondiong, the new Director General of TESDA, said:
“This is in response to reports that convicts and inmates resort to their old trades after serving time in jail because they have no other means of livelihood.”
Mamondiong has said that he has instructed regional and provincial directors to coordinate with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) so this initiative can be implemented as soon as possible.
“We will work hand-in-hand with the DILG and the PNP in identifying the beneficiaries and the skills training that may be available to them.
“This is one way of helping them get clean and stay clean.”
Mamondiong also mentioned that the Duterte administration’s war on drugs should not only be limited to eliminating drug syndicates and pushers but also to offer opportunities for those who express the desire to start anew and turn their lives around.
“When armed with skills and the opportunity to be engaged in livelihood or get employed and earn money, these drug users and pushers will be transformed,” Mamondiong shares.
Numerous news reports tell us hundreds of thousands of drug addicts and dealers have surrendered to the authorities since Duterte took office as the current Philippine President last June 30.
TESDA, according to its official website, “is the government agency mandated to promote and implement skills training programs in the country.”
“Through the years,” the site further tells us, the agency “has produced world-class graduates who have found employment locally or abroad.
Hope this new program will provide a fresh start for drug addicts and dealers everywhere.
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