TESDA Bataan tapped to assist Bataan PNP’s reformation program on drug pushers and users
FOR almost a year now, on September 2015 to be exact, TESDA-Bataan Provincial Office has been tapped as partner by the Bataan PNP Provincial Office in their reformation advocacy campaign.
The program caters drug users and pushers who surrendered to the PNP through their own Barangay Officials and are willing to undergo reformation program inside the “Bahay Pag-asa” located inside the Camp Tolentino in Balanga City.
The Reformation Center (including the building) was the PNP Provincial Director’s pet project. It is a holistic project that involves LGU, NGA, Civic Organizations, Volunteers and the PNP personnel. The group was tagged as the “Anti-drug Convenors’ Group”. This group of volunteer consultants was headed by the Metro Bataan Development Authority Chief Charlie Pizarro, former mayor of Pilar, Bataan
The Bataan TESDA PO being their partner in the reformation project was tapped to provide skills training while they are under the said program that lasts for a month. It is aimed to let these volunteer surrenderees acquire skills that they will use after their confinement and reformation inside the Bahay Pag-asa. This may lead them to get business or jobs and be productive in legal means of livelihood.
Last July 9, 2016, the TESDA Provincial Director, Engr. Jaime S. Castillo and Mr. Alexander C. Baclig (the TESDA Representative in the Convenors’ Group) were honored to be a part of the opening ceremony of the “Bahay Pag-asa-2 located at Crusher, Lamao, Limay, Bataan. In consonance with the opening ceremony was the recognition and acceptance of the more or less 600 illegal drug users and pushers to the Camp who volunteered to surrender. The ceremony was graced by the presence of the newly installed PNP Director General Rolando “Bato” Dela Rosa as the guest speaker, the proponent of Davao City’s “Operation Tukhang”.
The PNP Director General lauded the initiative of Bataan in the fight against the use of illegal drugs as the major cause of rampant crimes committed all around the nation. The provincial governor, the municipal and city mayors with the other key officials were present and united working collaboratively to address drug problems in the province.
It’s also noteworthy that all Provincial Directors of PNP in Central Luzon, Region 3, were present to see how successful is the government’s move to this dilemma, the drug problems.
TESDA Bataan-PO has already conducted trainings to surrenderees and to name a few, Hand and Foot Reflexology, and Pipefitting NC II. The Regional Training Center-CL in Mariveles facilitated the conduct of the training. At present, they are conducting Massage Therapy NC II training to 29 volunteers from Balanga and 58 from Limay PNP Bahay Pag-asa Centers. This ongoing training will be concluded within the first week of August 2016. Assessment will be administered to know if the trainees absorbed the training skills that TESDA has given.
Further, TESDA and the PNP leadership are studying the possibilities of introducing other TESDA programs that would fit the different factors affecting the situation of the volunteer reformists. Factors to consider are the following; readiness of the reformists to skills training, the one month duration of reformation program, training venue, supplies and materials, availability of trainers, and venue of assessment.
PD Jaime S. Castillo of TESDA-Bataan assured the PNP Provincial Office to fully support the program. The program was fully concretized through a Memorandum released by the new TESDA Director General Guilling Mamondiong to all provincial and regional offices with his advice to support the said reformation programs of PNP and Provincial Government. (acb)