A concerted effort towards a more active participation in the government’s campaign against drugs was forged by the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) of the Diocese of Novaliches during the 10th session of the its Year of Mercy Forum Series (YOMFS) held last October 26th at the St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
The forum, entitled “Fighting Drugs and Saving Lives Through Empowering Faith Communities”, aimed to remove doubts and fears and empower the BEC in the fight against illegal drugs and, more importantly, to save the lives of the surrenderees and integrate them back to society.
Diocesan BEC Director Fr. Tony De La Cruz expressed enthusiasm over the good turnout of attendees, an indication, he said, of everybody’s desire to help.
“Napaka-importante ang papel ng BEC,” he said, adding that the forum will equip them with relevant knowledge and prepare them to become “efficient agents of healing and protection.”
On the other hand, Diocesan BEC Lay Coordinator Joemar Maulion urged, “We are being challenged to do something about drug addiction.”
He pointed out that everybody has the capacity to help through the Diocese’s Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP), the Church’s response to this all-out war against drugs. The said program is a work in progress with the mechanics being ironed out and will be ready this month of November.
The forum centered on two important topics. The medical ill effects of drugs in the human body was imparted through a video talk by Undersecretary Rommel L. Garcia, M.D. of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB); while Department of Health (DOH) Social Worker Remedios “Jing” Guerrero talked about the psychosocial aspects of drug abuse and its implications.
The forum was undertaken by BEC as part of the Diocesan CBDRP’s Community Care Commitee to deepen and widen understanding on drugs and drug addiction of BEC, Family and Life, and other Ministry members. (~Lulu Reclusado-Nario)