VP Leni Robredo wants to tie-up with Catholic Church for drug rehab program

  • Despite sharing different views with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on some issues, Vice Pres. Leni Rodrigo has reached out to the Catholic Church to act as the government’s representative in providing a faith-based approach in drug rehabilitation
  • Robredo claimed  one of the best ways of helping shape the lives of individuals who have become victims of drugs can be made possible by crafting a community rehabilitation program
  • She is pushing for the creation of a ‘comprehensive drug rehabilitation program’

Vice President Leni Robredo has reached out to the Catholic Church to act as the government’s partner in providing a faith-based approach in drug rehabilitation.

This was expressed by the Vice President despite having a different view with President Rodrigo Duterte on some issues like death penalty and reproductive health, an article published by Coconuts Manila mentioned.

Expressing optimism on the partnership with the conservative Catholic Church, Robredo believes that one of the best ways of helping shape the lives of individuals who have become victims of drugs can be made possible by crafting a community rehabilitation program.

“Bishop Soc representing the CBCP said the Catholic Church will be very glad to take on being a partner of the government in crafting a community rehabilitation program,” the Vice President was quoted saying.

As such, the country’s second highest official is pushing for the creation of a ‘comprehensive drug rehabilitation program’ that will involve a partnership between the government, the private sector, and the Catholic Church.

Earlier, she said that there were 700,000 drug users that have already surrendered to authorities, but only 10 percent or 70,000 are “eligible for institutional rehabilitation.”

In stating this, the Vice President recalled a program that was initiated by her late husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo that promotes partnership between local parishes and grassroots leaders for effective delivery of basic needs.

Dubbed Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS), Robredo claimed that the program has found a place in the larger scheme of things that will take charge of the community rehabilitation program.

 

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