DAGUPAN CITY â€“ At least 400 pieces of â€˜parolsâ€™ made by 39 drug surrenderersÂ of barangay Tebeng were boughtÂ by the city governmentÂ to decorate the cityâ€™s main streets, including theÂ De Venecia Highway from Barangay PantalÂ Â to Lucao,Â Â duringÂ the entireÂ holiday season.
Each â€˜parolâ€™ wasÂ peggedÂ at P300 each.
Barangay Tebeng wasÂ among the first five barangays in the city declared Â asÂ drug-free byÂ the Dagupan City Police Station which earlierÂ implemented “Double Barrelâ€™ and â€˜Oplan Tokhang’ in the village.
The 39 drug surrenderersÂ were trained on how to make Christmas lanternsÂ under the leadership of Punong Barangay Helen F. Fermill Â so that they canÂ earn income for their families. This is in line with the program of the village for drug surrenderersÂ called UnangÂ Â Hakbang.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez assured the former drug dependentsÂ to look forÂ outlets for theirÂ finished products. One ofÂ theseÂ isÂ the city government.
Corollary to this, â€˜parolâ€™ will play a big role in theÂ 2016 city fiesta where a program calledÂ Â Â â€˜Parol Strollâ€™ will be held.
Under this program, businessÂ establishments, associations, clubs or any group are urged to joinÂ the contest.
Each entry must have a minimum height of 1.5 meters and should bear the name of the sponsoring group. ItÂ should alsoÂ be carried by one or two persons during the stroll.
Each entry will be judged according to creativity which includes craftsmanship and color harmony, durability and lighting. The best parol will receive P2,000 and a trophy.
Submission of entry will be onÂ December 1Â for the pre-judging whileÂ the final judging will be onÂ December 2Â during the Parol and Carol Stroll. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Nov. 23, 2016)