• Estrada’s daughter to help in rehab of drug users


    A daughter of Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada will help rehabilitate 9,000 Manila residents who surrendered during anti-illegal drugs operations.

    Jerika Ejercito, the mayor’s daughter with former actress Laarni Enriquez, said she was directed by her father to find ways to reintegrate former drug addicts to society.

    “What we are working on is for these victims of illegal drugs to redeem themselves and have their jobs so they could live decently,” Ejercito said in a forum arranged by reporters assigned at the Manila City Hall.

    She said barangay health workers who will help in the rehabilitation of drug surrenders will undergo training on October 20, 21, 27 and 28.

    “A total of 9,000 surrenderers will undergo rehabilitation. On a first-come-first-served basis, the first 2,000 will be assessed,” Ejercito said.

    She said the assessment will help officials determine whether a drug user should be taken to Boystown in Marikina City, mental hospital, or to the treatment and rehabilitation facility run by the government in Bicutan, Taguig City.

    Some 500 victims will be sent to Boystown in Parang, Marikina City. Those who are mentally sick will be taken to the National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong City, while the rest will undergo out-patient rehabilitation.

    Once the drug dependents have completed the program, they will undergo skills training so that they can land jobs.

    Ejercito said the city government has set aside P50 million for her projects.

    Ejercito, head of a non-government organization called Initiatives for Life and Actions for Women or ILAW, is helping women and children who are victims of violence.

    “We want the mothers and their children safe in their homes and communities, including single mothers,” said Ejercito, herself a single mother. She has a two-year-old son by actor Carlos Palanca.


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