Archdiocese ties-up with gov’t for drug rehab program

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MANILA, Sept. 27, 2016 — The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro will be collaborating with the government in providing a faith-based drug rehabilitation program.

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said the archdiocese has joined a multisectoral group to help in preventing and treating drug abuse.

He said the “Coalition for a Drug-free Society” was formed with the city government of Cagayan de Oro, the Department of Health, and various civil society groups.

3 advocacies

The prelate said the coalition has three main advocacies composed of prevention, intervention, and community support.

“So the Church will [take part in] the community support because we do not have the facilities for scientific rehabilitation,” Ledesma told Radio Veritas Tuesday.

“But we can give community support in terms of counseling, spiritual healing, and also making available our parish halls and formation centers,” he said.

Not a solution

The Jesuit archbishop has earlier called on the clergy to open their churches for the government’s drug recovery programs.

He, however, decried summary executions as a way of addressing the problem.

“We cannot solve a crime by committing another crime,” stressed Ledesma in a pastoral statement dated Aug. 4. (CBCPNews) 

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