CEBU CITY — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has said he is planning to replicate two existing drug rehabilitation programs in Cebu, namely, the “SuGod” (Surrender to God) Drug Recovery Program of the Love of God Community, and Labang (Lahat Bangon).
“If possible, these two programs should be replicated and spread throughout the archdiocese so that in our own ways, we could respond to the call of caring for our surrenderers,” he said.
“The more the two programs would be replicated, the happier it would be,” he said.
Palma, 66, called on priests, government officials and the police to come together and help drug dependents overcome their addiction.
Palma is also set to meet barangay captains for the launching of the Cebu Archdiocesan Program for Drug Dependents (CAODD).
The Cebu prelate has encouraged different sectors of community to unite as one and provide a sustainable program for drug surrenderers.
He ordered all parish priests and team moderators to make the multi-purpose halls in every parishes available whenever sessions and events for drug surrenderers would be held.
In coordination with barangay captains, priests are also encouraged to extend counseling sessions for drug dependents or refer them to appropriate government agencies or private institutions.
A total of 25 drug surrenderers in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City, completed on Thursday the six-month barangay-based recovery and reintegration program organized by the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (Ubas) led by Fr. Carmelo Diola.
The first group of drug surrenderers in Cebu who underwent the program were cleared of illegal drug use. (PNA) — KBAPI