Twenty four (24) drug surrenderers in Tacurong City who graduated from the Tabang, Tatap para sa Pagbag-o, Paglaum, kag Pagtuon (TaTaPPP) Program of the City Government of Tacurong and Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria Parish received livelihood starter kits worth Php10,000.00 each under the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) on March 23, 2018 at the Cardinal Quevedo Gymnasium, Tacurong City.

Present during the distribution were City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, Rev. Fr. Salvador Robles, DCC, Parish Priest of Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria; Mr. Alberto Sero, CLGOO; Gen. Besmark Soliva, C.O, Mechanized Phil. Army; Capt. Dennie Pajel, JTF Talakudong Phil.Army; SJO4 Darios Tenchaves, Asst. Warden BJMP Tacurong; Dr. Eufemia Robles, CSWD Officer; Ms. Danica Animas, OIC- Director DOLE SK- Field Office, and the different Punong Barangays and Barangay Officials of the city.

Out of the 24 grantees, 9 received starter kits in vulcanizing, 2 in welding, 3 in carwash, 2 in native products, 1 in salon, 3 in vegetable gardening, 1 in carpentry, 1 in electrical, 1 NegoKart barbecue stand, and 1 in carinderia.

Before qualifying for the livelihood grant, the drug surrenderers were required by DOLE and the LGU to complete the 25 sessions or equivalent to six months of community-based rehabilitation program using TaTaPPP’s holistic therapeutic approach.

Those who completed their rehabilitation were able to take home their livelihood kits during the distribution while the three remaining grantees only needed a few more sessions before they can officially get their starter kits.

Jonathan, a drug surrenderer and a beautician by profession, admitted that his career plunged because of his addiction. But through TaTaPPP and the livelihood starter kit from DOLE, he found hope that he will be able to get back on his feet again.

“Subong hindi na ako mahuya mag-home service kay may bag-o na ako nga mga gamit.” He dreams of putting up his own salon someday.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)