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Reforming drug addicts to be trained as massage therapists

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By Yas D. Ocampo

Davao City – Local authorities, cooperatives, and the health sector here have signed a memorandum of agreement that would allow drug reformists to undergo training in massage theraphy to allow them to reintegrate into society.

The MOA was signed among the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Davao Doctors College Inc. (DDC), Sta. Ana. Police Station, Barangay Tomas Monteverde, Sr. and Davao City Cooperative Development Council (DCCDC).

The CDA, together with DDC and eight other local cooperatives, spearheaded the said project.

The cooperatives include Manuel Guianga and Sirib Growers and Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (MAGSIGE MPC), Toril Community Cooperative, Sta. Ana Multipurpose Cooperative (SAMULCO), and Davao Accountants Multipurpose Cooperative (DAMUCO).

Also part of this project will be the Police Regional Office 11 Multipurpose Cooperative (PRO 11 MPC), Eagle Multipurpose Cooperative, King Cooperative and Independent Cooperative Movement of Employees of Davao (INCOME DAVAO), which is the cooperative of the employees of Davao Light and Power Co. and other business units of the AboitizPower.

The first batch of training will have 20 trainees from Barangay Tomas Monteverde, Sr. with thhe training to be conducted at Agdao Elementary School.

Present during the MOA signing were CDA Regional Director Elma R. Oguis, Sta. Ana Police Station Chief PCI Hamlet M. Lerios, Tomas Monteverde Brgy. Captain Robert M. Diaz, DCCDC Chairperson Francisco M. Pama, and DDC President and CEO Miguel D. Soledad.

Asst. City Administrator of Davao Atty. Tristan Dwight P. Domingo and DCCDO’s Julius Adrian A. Oxales also graced the event.

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