Tagle-led archdiocese opens drug rehab center


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle inaugurated a faith-based drug rehabilitation center on Saturday in line with the local Church’s “pastoral accompaniment program.”

Spearheaded by Caritas Manila, the Sanlakbay Recovery and Restoration Center (SRRC) accommodates former drug dependents coming from the cities of Pasay, Manila, Makati, San Juan, and Mandaluyong — all in the Archdiocese of Manila.

Tagle, who also serves as the president of Caritas Internationalis, first launched the “Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay” program in October 2016 to provide a “refuge for the large number of drug addicts who surrendered themselves resulting from the Philippine government’s war against illegal drugs.”

Among the agencies that are involved in the SRRC’s formation programs are the Caritas Manila’s Restorative Justice Ministry, the Center for Family Ministry, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Graduate School Psycho-Trauma Council, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Department of Health, the Philippine National Police, and Radio Veritas.

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The center is located at the newly-renovated Jaime Cardinal Sin Formation Center in Manila, and National Capital Region Police Office chief Guillermo Eleazar was present during its blessing.