The diocese of Cubao formally launched PAREFORM: Pastoral Approach to Rehabilitation and Formation on September 20, 2017, at the Obispado de Cubao Building. The program aims to reform drug dependents by providing them pastoral care that will result in uplifting their self-worth, and reintegrating them to their families and friends.
The formal launching was led by Most Reverend Honesto F. Ongtioco, D.D, together with Cubao's Vicar General Msgr. Daniel Sta. Maria, Formation Priest-Minister Reverend Father Louie Caupayan, and Public Affairs Priest Minister Reverend Father Ben Arceño. Also present in the event were: Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Quezon City Police District Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar, some members of the Cubao Clergy, as well as PNP Officers, and Barangay Officials.
The program is geared towards a holistic approach in rehabilitating drug addicts and surenderers, and aims to focus in the healing of the body, mind, and soul of the person through counseling, and other therapeutic sessions.
Some of the topics that will be taught to the beneficiaries of the program include: Personhood, Dignity of Man, the Meaning and Value of Life, Values Formation (with focus on Law and Order), and 12 Steps to Freedom from Addiction.
During the welcome address, Bishop Nes said that the Church has been holding formation and livelihood programs for drug surrenderers for the past months, but the formal launch makes the program available for all parishes. He stressed that the Church will always defend life at all cost, because everyone deserves respect, love and care. Bishop Nes said that as Christians, we have to show “malasakit”, “pakikiramay”, and “pakikipag-kapwa tao” to all, especially those oppressed.
The PAREFORM Core-group of the Diocese of Cubao was also commissioned by Bishop Nes that day. Afterwards, a symbolic signing for the Pledge of Commitment was done by parish priests, barangay chairmen, police station commanders, the PAREFORM Core Team and volunteers.
This PAREFORM program initiated by the Diocese of Cubao was made possible through a close-collaborative effort with the Quezon City Council through the Quezon City Anti-drug abuse Council (QCADAC), the Philippine National Police (QCPD), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Health (DOH), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), the Deparment of Education (DepEd), Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS), the Barangay Action Team (BAT), as well as with the various Church ministries including Public Affairs, Restorative Justice, Social Service Development, Family and Life, Basic Ecclesial Community, Formation Ministry, among many others.(ME/Cubao Media)