San Miguel Corp. to hire reformed drug users for MRT-7 construction

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(CNN Philippines, April 25) — San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will tap reformed drug users to build the Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7.

SMC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Quezon City government Tuesday to employ former drug dependents who have completed its rehabilitation program.

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said providing jobs to former drug dependents will help ensure they don't return to their addiction.

"Batay po sa aming profiling na ang number one criteria ng mga naggagamit ng bawal na gamot ay kawalan ng trabaho," Belmonte said.

[Translation: It's based on our profiling that the number one criterion similar among illegal drug users is unemployment.]

The city government will initially recommend 400 reformed drug users to EEI Corporation, SMC's contractor for the MRT-7 project which will take around three years to build.

"Pero sana kung kakailanganin pa nila, tayo po ang iisipin nilang first priority na hingan ng workmen," Belmonte added.

[Translation: But if they need more people, we're top priority for sourcing manpower.]

The former drug dependents will be tasked to work as traffic enforcers, carpenters, masons and steel workers.

SMC is the first company to partner with the Quezon City government to employ reformed drug users.