Church reaches out to Baguio, Benguet drug, alcohol users


BAGUIO CITY: The Diocese of Baguio reached out to drug users seeking healing and renewal through alternative healthcare program or the traditional Chinese medicine for free. The “Project: New Hope,” aims to provide imme-diate rehabilitation and wellness among victims of drug, substance and alcohol abuse and smoking as well as with anxiety and depression because of psychological trauma, emotional and behavioral problems through ear acu-puncture or acudetox (NADA Protocol). Fred Puntawe, president of the Council of Laity-Diocese of Baguio, said the program targets the marginalized victims who cannot afford to submit themselves to costly centee-based treat-ment. Clinic schedule is from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays at Saint Paul’s Parish Alternative Healthcare Clinic in Poblacion, Tuba, Benguet; and Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church along Kisad Road. The program will run for three months. Puntawe explained that NADA Protocol “is a non-verbal approach to healing that involves the placement of five small, sterilized and dispos-able needles into five meridian gateways or pathways points on each ear.


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  1. Walter KOMARNICKI on

    the Church is quick off the mark when it comes to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.