CAMP CIRILO TOLENTINO, Balanga City – Bataan provincial police director, Senior Superintendent Rhodel O. Sermonia welcomed Orica Philippines Inc. as the first multinational corporation operating in the province to announce their eagerness to support the institutionalization and sustainability of the Bahay Pag-asa Reformation program, a game changer strategy designed by the police to proactively address the epidemic of illegal drug abuse.
Orica Philippines Inc. officials led by Keiran Balkin met with Sermonia Wednesday morning to discuss the terms of their support to the program, which Orica has adopted into their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.
Sermonia said the support from Orica Philippines is very timely with the commencement of the 6th reformation training for 25 surrenderees who enrolled at the Bahay Pag-asa program Wednesday morning.
On Friday last week 15 surrenderees graduated from the program, bringing the total number of individuals engaged in illegal drugs activities who availed of the program to 92 since the program started on September 2 last year. .
The Bahay Pag-asa Reformation Center was established inside the provincial police headquarters inside Camp Cirilo Tolentino to provide the most comprehensive family and values oriented treatment program for individuals who engage in illegal drugs activities.
Under the program, surrenderees undergo a comprehensive reformation training wherein they are treated as patients instead of law offenders. The program also provides them the opportunity to learn new ways of clean living through livelihood trainings, which are done in partnership with the Provincial Anti-Drug Reduction Convenors and support government agencies like TESDA.
Despite the success of Bahay Pag-Asa, the program remains dependent on donations and similar voluntary efforts to continue. Sermonia said the support from Orica Philippines Inc. can enable the Bahay Pag-Asa Reformation Program to go an extra mile, for this will enable the program to support more surrenderees in the future and spare more people from falling victim to crimes related to illegal drug abuse.
Sermonia expressed hope that other leading multinational corporations operating in the province will follow Orica Philippines in lending their big hands to ensure the sustainable operations of the Bahay Pag-Asa Reformation Center and help the province address the menace caused by illegal drug abuse.