NGCP provides opportunities for drug reformists
Published on May 14, 2021 12:00 AM
NGCP, in partnership with the Local Government of Bataan, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Bataan Philippine National Police (PNP), is giving former drug dependents a new lease on life through the company’s Bukas na Pintuan Tungo sa Pagbabago Program.
The program, which is in support of the current administration’s war on drugs, started in 2017 by setting up TESDA training camps in Bataan for drug dependents looking to turn their lives around. Three TESDA technical skills trainings were offered to beneficiaries: Scaffold Erection, Pipefitting, and Welding.
“We wanted to address the reformation and need for employment of former drug dependents to live decent, productive, healthy lives, and to gain social acceptance,” said NGCP. “We partnered with TESDA as the technical expert on skills and capacity building, and the Bataan LGU as they already have an existing Bahay Pagbabago Reformation Program,” added the company. The program finds more relevance at this time, as reformists with technical skills can expect better chances of finding employment in a post-quarantine economy.
From 2017 to 2020, a total of 1,417 reformists enrolled in NGCP’s program from the Municipalities of Dinalupihan, Orion, Hermosa, and the City of Balanga, Bataan, and 1,194 of those eventually transitioned to employment, while the others opted to apply for international employment.
The partner local government units, the Bataan PNP, and TESDA acknowledged NGCP for the program’s success. The Municipality of Dinalupihan awarded NGCP with a certificate of commendation stating that the company’s program made significant impact to the fight against illegal drugs and in preventing drug abuse and control in their community, while the Bataan PNP bestowed NGCP with a plaque of recognition, and TESDA commended NGCP for the program during its Partners Appreciation Day last 2019.
“We thank all our partner stakeholders for helping us realize the fruits of this endeavor, and we hope that this partnership will continue not only in this project, but also other transformational programs that contribute to the development of our communities and provide tangible improvement in the lives of as many beneficiaries as we can help,” NGCP stated.
The province of Bataan is host to NGCP’s Hermosa-San Jose 500kV transmission line project, which will improve transmission of power in Luzon by accommodating additional generating capacities in the Bataan and Zambales area.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders and Vice Chairman of the Board Henry Sy, Jr. and Co-Vice Chairman Robert Coyiuto, Jr.###