• TESDA chief said they are opening their doors to ex-drug pushers and users
  • They will undergo skills and vocational training at the TESDA centers
  • He said this will help them find legitimate jobs without going back to the drug trade

MANILA, Philippines – This will be their second shot at life.

In response to the upsurge of drug pushers and users who have turned themselves in to the authorities, TESDA Secretary Atty. Guiling Mamondiong said they are opening their doors to those who want to earn a living the legal way.

In a press statement on the TESDA website, Mamondiang said their agency’s training centers will provide skills and vocational training to dissuade drug dealers and dependents from going back to their old ways.

“This is in response to reports of convicts and inmates who resort to their old trades after serving time in jail because they have no other means of livelihood,” he said. “TESDA will take the lead in this endeavor, in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), I will task all Regional and Provincial Directors of TESDA to coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and DILG to put this activity in motion.”

Mamondiong added that they will test the waters for this new endeavor by giving workshops inside the prison.

“If it is necessary, we will put the needed equipment inside the jails just to train these drug dependents and pushers a skill or two,” he said.”For those who have no jobs, let us equip them with the right skills to be able to be employed somewhere.”

Thousands of drug pushers/users have surrendered ever since the launch of Oplan TokHang; an operation where police would visit the homes of known drug personalities and urge them to reform themselves.