VILLASIS— A total of 269 drug users who surrendered to the police last year completed their 24 sessions on moral and spiritual counseling under the chaplaincy of Association of Christian Churches in Villasis (ACCV) in partnership with the local government.
Mayor Nonato Abrenica said the second batch of graduates, received their certificates of completion at the town gymnasium on June 30.
The first batch was composed of 264 drug users.
The town took under its wing more than 700 drug personalities who surrendered since President Duterte launched an all-out war on illegal drugs.
Abrenica said the reformed drug users experienced a spiritual awakening through the series of sessions “something that would hopefully make them tread the right path.”
Some of the graduates took skills training like welding and cooking while others have been employed since in construction projects, Abrenica said.
During the ceremony, some of the graduates shared their real-life experiences before and during after their sessions with Association of Christian Churches.
Pastor Ramil Cecilio, guest of honor and speaker, also shared his inspiring and life-changing testimony to the graduates.
The mayor, who graced the ceremony, was joined by Liga ng Barangay president Romeo Abrenica, P/Chief Inspector Brendon Palisoc, the town police chief and barangay officials. (Tita Roces)