by Jel Santos
The Caloocan Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) yesterday invited the business leaders and enterpreneurs to sponsor livelihood and employment programs for drug users under rehabilitation.
Caloocan City’s Community-Assisted Rehab and Recovery Out-patient Training and Treatment System (CARROTS) program has so far successfully reformed 27 users of illegal drugs who now live productive lives.
Another batch of 130 drug users will enter the CARROTS program on May 8.
Fr. Luciano Felloni, an Italian priest serving in the country for the past 23 years, appealed to corporate entities to be part of the program by employing drug offenders while they are still under the rehabilitation program.
“CADAC needs companies that will help drug dependents have jobs in order for them to stay in the program… We can all be part of the solution by helping in giving people livelihood. It can be the key to the success of the rehabilitation programs,” Felloni told the Manila Bulletin in an exclusive interview.
In a meeting with CADAC head Atty. Sikini Labastilla and Caloocan City parish priests the other day, it was learned that many drug users failed to complete the rehabilitation program because they had to look for sources of income to support their families.
Felloni, of the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Caloocan, encourages other drug dependents to reform their lives by joining the rehabilitation program.
“Illegal drugs kill. To change and recover is the real chance to have a real life, a fulfilled life. Mahirap sa umpisa pero ‘di imposible. Give yourself, your family, and your country a better version of yourself,” he stressed.