CBCP – Narcotics Anonymous Partnership to Help Drug Dependents

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Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines

Circular No. 16-07

Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, the Reverend Administrators:

At the Permanent Council meeting held last September 13, the offer of Narcotics Anonymous Philippines to enter into a partnership with the various ecclesiastical circumscriptions in the Philippines in view of helping drug addicts find new ways of life as productive members of society, was presented and received unanimous approval.

Narcotics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who have found a new way of life away from the use of substances.  It is completely free of charge and has helped so many worldwide not only with abstinence but with a viable support system to live soberly.

On behalf of the CBCP Permanent Council, I heartily recommend that the archbishops and bishops of the Philippines establish linkages with Narcotics Anonymous Philippines so that we can provide a holistic viable alternative to the rehabilitation of substance abusers.

You may contact Erick Aguinaldo through 0917 866 3834 or Richard Saul through 0918 810 0585 so that we can open diocesan linkages with Narcotics Anonymous and offer new hope for our brothers and sisters in substance abuse hoping to start anew.

I trust that we share a common understanding that drug addiction is a sickness and it is our duty as pastors to give them the pastoral love of the Good Shepherd himself.

For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, September 15, 2016

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

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1,200 farmers withdraw from agribusiness deal with Cojuangco, say joint venture with Danding illegal, oppressive

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Photo Credit: Noel Magan & Jan Macky Ruiz Buencochillo

Some 1,200 peasants who were awarded nearly 5,000 hectares of agricultural landholdings in Negros Occidental via the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) have withdrawn from a joint agribusiness venture with San Miguel Corp. chairman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., saying the 19-year-old deal did nothing but  “made them slaves in their own land.”

“Sa papel, kami ang may-ari ng aming lupang sinasaka. Pero ang kontrol at kita ng lupa ay nasa kamay pa rin ni Cojuangco. Walang totoong repormang agrarayong naganap. Peke ang CARP ni Danding. Hindi totoo ang sinabi ni dating Presidente Erap na si Cojuangco ang godfather of land reform,” said Noel Magan, president of ECJ CLOA Holders’ Association representing the 1,200 farmers, who are members of the national peasant federation Task Force Mapalad.

Magan is referring to the 1998 declaration of Cojuangco that he would distribute to his farmworkers his 12 haciendas worth P1.5 billion for a token fee of P1 per hectare. The said commercial farms planted to mango, durian, pili, banana, and sugarcane cover 4,661 hectares located in the cities of Bago and La Carlota and the towns of La Castellana, Isabela, Hinigaran, Murcia, San Enrique, Himamaylan, and Pontevedra.  Continue reading

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