Life Skills Training Program
Up to this time, PICA could not stop thinking of the many disadvantaged young people yet,
who strongly wish to get at least the basic training in communication and computer skills –
as they express their need to find befitting jobs to support their families. Be that as it may,
the staff has to make priorities. It has to respond to the more urgent need of the time, that
is, to face the challenge posed by the government to the Catholic Church in the Philippines
today, that is, the rehabilitation of drug dependents.
It is sad to note that many of these victims are small-scale peddlers. They sell drugs to
others to get a parcel for free and a meager income to feed their families who are living a
hand-to-mouth existence. These poor people who resort to this illegal business are jobless,
many of whom are uneducated and ill-equipped to even qualify for a simple but decent job.
A new project titled “Life Skills Training Program”, is a three-month recovery program
using a psychosocial and spiritual approach to helping and guiding persons with addictive
disorder.We recognize the efforts of the government in putting up rehabilitation centers for the
thousands of drug users and pushers who have surrendered. But we cannot close our eyes
to the “extrajudicial killings” in the Philippines and much less keep silence about the
sedition charges against some well-respected Bishops and priests. The Church is also
accused of not helping in war against drugs – oblivious of the silent efforts of some dioceses
who are actively helping to rehabilitate drug dependents.
The Church is definitely for “healing – not for killing”. However, we may seem to be doing
very little to take the sting out of this toxic issue that besets our Filipino people and the
task is gargantuan for just one Institution to handle. It is for this reason that we, the
Paulines Institute of Communication in Asia, [PICA] Foundation, Inc. has decided to join
efforts with the local government in sharing our after-care service to the patients who are
recovering from drug dependency.