At least 500 former drug users are now working at the ongoing construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte disclosed.
More former drug-dependent personalities who surrendered and are now considered as full-recovered are also now being processed by the city government to have other job and livelihood opportunities.
They were hired through an agreement between Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council and the conglomerate San Miguel Corporation.
“We’re quite proud of them because they persevered to change their ways. And this is what we have been trying to prove—all people indeed deserve a second chance,” she added.
“We are really thankful to the private sector. They are really supportive,” she said.
The Department of Transportation chose the SMC-subsidized group Universal LRT Corp. BVI to build the PhP 62.7-billion worth 22.8-kilometer MRT line 7 project expected to finish construction within the next three years.
About 16,000 have surrendered to QCADAAC and the Quezon City Police District through the Oplan Tokhang of the Philippine National Police.