THE Dagupan Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) passed a resolution asking business establishments in Dagupan to consider the employment of ex-offenders applying for jobs provided that they possess the abilities needed for the job they had applied so they can redeem their self-worth and be productive.
The resolution sponsored by Councilor Cisco Flores, chairman of committee on labor and employment, took note of the manifestation of Rowena Ordona, officer-in-charge of the Dagupan City Parole and Probation Office, that ex-offenders have a hard time getting jobs because of their past offenses.
Ordona said employers always require applicants to secure NBI as well as police clearances as among the requirements for employment and in which case, their previous cases although the persons were already given parole or probation, still appear on record.
In this particular case, some offenders have no other recourse but to hide their cases, which is not good, Ordona said.
According to Ordona, Dagupan City has the most number of ex-offenders at 46 percent with the 54 percent shared by six towns in central Pangasinan: San Fabian. Manaoag, Mangaldan, Mapandan, San Jacinto, Sta. Barbara and Calasiao.
Ordona said many ex-offenders ask their office for help because of the felt discrimination.
Saying that life of ex-offenders in prison or is more than enough punishment to them. Ordona appealed to employers to open to giving them a chance.
In response to the question of Councilor Teresa Coquia, Ordona said that half of the ex-offenders in Dagupan City were involved in drugs and no one was charged for murder.
Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo said the legislative body can only make an impassioned appeal to them to open their hearts so ex-offenders be given a chance to prove their self-worth. (Leonardo Micua)
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