Bishop offers to help govt in Drug rehaB


acatHoLic bishop said the government’s plan to hire more health workers to address the drug addiction problem is“long overdue” but offered help for the rehabilita­tion of drug users.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio david of caloocan, a vocal critic of the duterte administra­tion’s bloody drug war, said his diocese is willing to work with the government if only to help deal with the drug problem.

“[it is] long overdue but never too late if they can admit what we have been insisting on all along—that drug addiction is basically a health issue,” david said.

in 2016, the caloocan diocese has opened its parishes as venues for a community-based drug rehabilita­tion program.

dubbed as“Kaagapay Ministry,”the program has three main components: care each for patient, family and community.

“We can even help the government cut down the cost if only the anti-drug abuse councils of local government units are willing to partner with our parishes and tap our volunteer mental health workers,” david said.

Health Secretary Francisco duque iii said they are seeking more funds to hire more psychologi­sts and psychiatri­sts for rehabilita­tion centers across the country.

the government, he said, plans to build at least one treatment and rehabilita­tion center for every region.

david earlier challenged the department of Health to be more active in confrontin­g substance abuse in the country. CBCP News

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