Turn drug users into farmers, Villar urges
Sen. Cynthia Villar suggested that drug users be trained as farmers as part of their rehabilitation.
At least 60,000 self-confessed drug users have surrendered to the Philippine National Police.
Villar said after signing an affidavit that they will not go back to illegal drugs and undergoing counseling, drug suspects can become beneficiaries of government scholarship on agriculture.
She said the Technical Education and Skills Development Administration has allotted P500 million worth of scholarship for agriculture courses for 45,000 scholars at P12,000 each.
She said farming would give reformed drug users a livelihood opportunity.
Villar said Desiree Duran, of the Duran Farm in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, has started talking to mayors to offer scholarship slots on agriculture to drug users who want to become productive citizens.
The 3.6-hectare Duran Farm is the first accredited Farm Tourism Site in Central Luzon and gives a two-month certificate course on agriculture production.
Villar said the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) Farm School located in the boundary of Las Piñas and Bacoor, also offers training programs on vegetable production, livestock production, mushroom production, and beekeeping.