– A King of Comedy’s son, the region’s highest ranking policeman and one of the most popular lawmakers in the country joined the municipal government here led by Mayor Maria Angela S. Garcia in celebrating the first year anniversary of their Bahay Pagbabago last Saturday.
Central Luzon Police Regional Director, Police Chief Supt. Amador Corpuz, joined the Bataan Police Provincial Office led by Attorney, Senior Supt. Benjamin Silo, Jr. in the celebration along with officials and representatives from TESDA, DOH, DOLE, village chiefs, municipal council led by Vice Mayor Rey Matawaran and the local press.
Four hundred nineteen drug reformists showed their talents in singing and writing their own lyrics adapting to popular tunes to tell their stories on how this project transformed them from drug users to skilled and reformed individuals.
Bahay Pagbabago is the place where the so-called illegal drugs victims voluntarily turned themselves in under the Oplan Double Barrel program. Under the said program, reformists underwent intensive physical, moral, mental, social, and spiritual conditioning for their holistic personal development.
Philippine comedy king’s son, Dolphy Quizon, Jr. being a former drug dependent himself served as one of the motivational speakers.
Bataan 1st District Rep. Geraldine B. Roman also graced the occasion and gave inspirational message. She also expressed her full support to Mayor Garcia’s noble project.
“Ipagpatuloy ninyo ito, ang pagbabago. Masakit isipin na itong si Mayor Gila na nagsusumikap, at pagkatapos ay masasayang lamang ang kanyang effort. Hahamakin mo lahat dahil lamang sa droga. Ito na ang tamang pagkakataon. Taus-puso akong nakikiusap sa inyo na ituloy nyo ang pagbabago at makakaasa po kayo ng aming suporta, Roman said during her brief speech.
Mayor Garcia expressed gratitude to all the persons, volunteers, groups from the private and public sectors who helped the LGU in sustaining the anti illegal drugs project.
She also reported that the towns of Orion, Balanga City and Dinalupihan will also receive financial assistance from National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in their skills training for drug reformists being conducted by TESDA.
“Ang Bahay Pagbabago ay para sa lahat, para sa lahat nang gustong magbago, para sa lahat ng pamilya na kumikilala sa pagbabago. Ito ay bayanihan na kung saan lahat ay bayani,” Garcia said.