- The Philippines is currently at war against the illegal drug trade and narcos in the country
- President Rodrigo Duterte’s war, however, turned into violence and killings
- The Catholic Church and TESDA launched rehabilitation programs for drug users
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle led the launching of the rehabilitation program ‘Sanlakbay Para sa Pagbabagong Buhay’ for those who became addicted to using illegal drugs.
The Cardinal said, “Sa pagtutulungan po nating lahat harinawa ay makatulong upang ang nagkapatid ay ma-restore, maging matuwid.”
(With our cooperation, let us hope that we will be able to restore and fix the situation.)
Under the program of Sanlakbay, drug dependents will be given activities that will enable them to change their lifestyle and habits.
“At ang ikatlomga kapatid ay ang pangkabuhayan o skills training,” enumerated Fr. Roberto dela Cruz during the mass.
The Diocese of Manila has assigned churches in Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, and San Juan which will all welcome drug users who will surrender themselves and will want to be under the Sanlakbay program.
Meanwhile, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA will be offering automotive courses, maritime courses, information technology, food and beverage servicing, carpentry, anc cosmetology to drug dependents who want to be educated.
“Lahat ng mamamayang Pilipino, lalo na yung ating nakakalungkot mang sabihin, and ating mga drug dependents, magkaroon ng skill upang sila ay makapagtrabaho,” said Luz Victoria Amponin, Executive Director of the Partnership and Linkages Office of TESDA.
(All Filipino citizens, especially our drug dependents, should have a skill so they can enter the work force.)
An previous anonymous drug dependent who is now under rehabilitation said that the programs offered by the Church and TESDA are good news because they will now have the chance to change their lives and reintegrate themselves in the community again.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs is still going and a lot of lives have been taken already, either due to police operations or vigilante killings.