MANILA, Sept. 17, 2016— To address the local drug problem, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has opened the doors of the Manila archdiocese to those battling drug addiction to help them recover.
The prelate hopes the community-based rehabilitation program to be set up in different parishes will encourage anyone struggling with addiction.
“We are here for you. Let us not waste life. It is important and it has to be protected and nurtured,” he said.
The archdiocese said the program is designed to help anyone in need of support in terms of spiritual formation, skills formation, and livelihood.
The archdiocese, through its Restorative Justice Ministry, has also partnered with other organizations and concerned government agencies to get drug dependents the treatment and recovery services they need.
Among them are the Center for Family Ministries, UST Graduate School Psycho-Trauma, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Philippine National Police.
On Tuesday, the program kicked off at the San Roque de Manila Parish in Sta. Cruz, Manila to reach out to people who have been excluded by the church or judged harshly.
“We, in the Church failed to address the issue, we failed to be a companion to these people. So now, we are trying what we can do given the urgency of the need,” said parish priest Fr. Tony Navarette.
The archdioceses of Cebu and Cagayan de Oro have also offered help to drug dependents who are seeking rehabilitation and healing. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)