Who is Sanlakbay?
PROVIDING HOLISTIC, SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND SOCIAL COMMUNITY REHABILITATION PROGRAM FOR DRUG DEPENDENTS TO FACILITATE CHANGE AND COMMUNITY REINTEGRATION.
Transformed Lives. Restored human dignity.
Sanlakbay (One Journey) Tungo sa Pagbabago ng Buhay” is a spiritual-psychosocial program approach in the journey of drug dependents and families towards healing, restoration, and recovery.
As President Rodrigo Duterte declared the “war on drugs”, Fr. Anton CT Pascual, the Executive Director of CARITAS Manila under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) and through the Restorative Justice Ministry headed by servant leader Fr. Roberto Dela Cruz took their stand. Armed with faith and belief and having the courage with understanding of its sensitivity and complex public opinion and reaction, the silent work begun.
At first, it was thought of having a residential-facility rehabilitation but due to the magnitude of drug surrenderers, it was decided upon to put up parish community-based rehabilitation program. The series of talks and coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Local Government (DILG) and Dangerous Drug Board (DDB), the main government implementing arm, led to cooperation of Church and State.
In view of the situation that many would fall as victims and collateral damage from the legitimate police operations, warring drug lords and vigilantes, Sanlakbay was conceptualized. San Roque de Manila Parish, Blumentritt, Sta. Cruz, Manila, the pilot program started on 23 September 2016. General orientation about the program was conducted at Sta. Clara de Montefalco, Pasay City on October 15, 2016, and Sta. Isabel College, Taft Avenue, Manila on October 22, 2016. It was officially launched on October 23, 2016, during the mass celebration of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the Manila Cathedral, Intramuros Manila. It was followed by the cooperation and partnership with La Colcha Hospitalier and Fazenda de Esperanca who had been responding to the Philippine drug problem.
There are ninety-four (94) parishes in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) as possible parish-community based rehabilitation (PCBR) centers. While the program was ongoing at San Roque de Manila Parish, U.S.T. Psycho-Trauma Unit, La Colcha Hospitallier, and Center for Family Ministry continuously conducted capability building workshops at CARITAS MANILA.
The training programs had undergone several revisions, making it more interactive, relevant and adjusted to the participants’ mindset and perspective. It was subjected to further deliberation activities with revitalized Core Group from different fields of experience to meet its expectation.
We wish to be an instrument of healing and forgiveness through mercy and compassion. We don’t lose anything in helping a drug addict. In the process, we help to build a strong nation, a caring family and safer streets to walk even at night.
Sanlakbay is a “work-in-progress”, pursuing the commitment to touch the lives of those who had fallen into drugs, transforming lives and restoring their human dignity.
One journey towards a new life
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