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Mission: TUGON orients Ministers to ‘Care Without Borders’

Posted September 21, 2016 • By PARL, Legal

What started with an unresolved problem of the national government on sufficient drug rehabilitation centers became an open door for the Seventh-day Adventists in the Philippines to intervene and get involved.

This morning, September 21 at the Cucueco Hall, Central Luzon Conference (CLC) administrators through Rodolfo ‘Jun’ Bautista, CLC Legal/PARL director, presented ‘Mission: Tugon sa Tokhang,’ a bridge program for drug surrenderers that will aid government avenues in managing and facilitating spirituality of the drug victims undergoing rehabilitation.

In his opening remarks, CLC President Benjamin Casimiro stressed the role of the Seventh-day Adventist church as front liners in this project, with the public expecting much on its contribution as a whole. He also said that the church must be intentional in implementing such plans and steps on helping drug surrenderers in the community.

Before giving the time to the guest speaker, Bautista also invited some ministers who started the project to testify before the assembly. Pastor Enrico Meneses and two church planters in Central Pampanga 2 District shared their experiences on how the mayors of three different towns have seen their concern and welcomed their proposal for moral recovery programs, endorsing to them a bigger responsibility of handling drug ‘clients,’ a term used to describe those addicted with drugs.

To discuss 12 Steps to Life Recovery Program for the drug dependents and guest speaker of the hour, Chaplain Jay Fajardo of the Adventist Medical Center Manila talked about his realization on how big drug problem is with his experiences as a counselor for years, and discussed crucial steps in wisely and effectively dealing with drug clients. “We need to be smart in dealing with this kind of group,” says Fajardo. “Naniniwala ako na they need spiritual interventions,” he added while emphasizing how drug ruins people’s lives.

After an enlightening talk, attendees were able to ask questions and open their views on the Mission: Tugon program. Bautista received suggestions on the establishment and implementation of the bridge program, from downloading everything to the local church up to visiting the city office of the mayor for a courtesy call.

Tomorrow, September 22, through the coordination of North Philippine Union Conference Health Ministries director Arnel Gabin, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) personnel will hold a “Drug Prevention Summit for Health Workers” at CLC Cucueco Hall. Expected attendees include barangay health workers, pastors, women and family ministries leaders of the local church. Topics include (1) Current Drug Situation, (2) RA 9166, (3) Guidelines in Handling Voluntary Surrenderers, (4) DDB Program ‘SAGIP,’ (5) Drug Classification, signs and symptoms, treatment and rehabilitation procedures, and (6) Basic Counseling, Interviewing Techniques, and Group Process. Further, DDB undersecretary will pose challenges the national government is currently facing and how the local government units and non-government organizations can help in this issue.

Watch recorded video of this event:

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