264 drug surrenderers complete spiritual counseling

May 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- There is life after the use of illegal drugs.
This was the core of the 24 sessions on spiritual counseling, which was undertaken by the Association of Christian Churches of this town, whose pastors and ministers serve as chaplains of the drug surrenderers.
Out of 732 drug surrenderers here, 264 completed the spiritual counseling and received their certificates of completion last April 28 at the town’s covered auditorium.
The spiritual counseling is a local community-based rehabilitation program in partnership with the Christian churches, village officials and the Villasis Police Station to provide a new life’s direction of the drug surrenderers.
Recall that on February 2017, the municipal government led by Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica launched Aksyon ng Barangay Konseho Kontra Droga (Abakada) Program to support the war on illegal drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The program, according to Mayor Abrenica, aims to assist drug surrenderers to undergo spiritual counseling with faith-based organizations and also to immerse them with other social activities in order to sway them from returning to their old habits.
“We have to prepare them spiritually. Drug surrenderers are required to complete the 24 spiritual sessions, otherwise they will not receive their certificates of completion. The completion of their sessions is not the end but rather a beginning of their new lives. They are now spiritually and socially changed,” Mayor Abrenica said.
During the completion ceremony, Samuel Ermita of Labit village, Ryan Viray of Bacag village, Fred Belmoro of Unzad village and Dick Estrada of Zone II (Poblacion) shared their testimonies.
They said that life during the use of illegal drugs was a turmoil not only for themselves but also in their families.
” We are glad to be given the second chance to lead better lives,” they said with a promise that they will no longer return to illegal drugs.
Ramie Gader, the guest speaker during the completion ceremony, shared his life changing testimony to the drug surrenderers.
The ceremony was attended by Rogelio Quitola, cluster leader of DILG for 5th and 6th Districts of Pangasinan,  members of the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council and MASA-MASID and Villasis Police Station headed by Police Chief Inspector Brendon B. Palisoc.
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