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Community-Based Rehabilitation Program

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago
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Atty. Aurora A. SantiagoThe Diocese of Kalookan launched the opening of the Year of Parishes, a Communion of Communities with the theme “Forming BEC’s As Agents of Communion, Participation And Mission.” The launch was a 3-in-1 event: The BEC Day, Task Force Salubong and the announcement of new parish assignments of the clergy of Kalookan.

The leaders and members of Basic Ecclesial Communities in the Diocese came in flock despite the rainy weather. The event started with a motorcade and/or walkathon from their respective Vicariates of San Jose de Navotas, San Bartolome, San Roque (the patron saint of the Diocese), Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Grace. The Bible was enthroned at the venue, La Consolacion College.The main speakers were Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR (CBCP-BEC Executive Secretary).

Fr. Picardal enjoined everyone that we must reflect on the quality of life of the faithful especially the members of the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC’s). The BEC’s should try to make the parish a communion of communities. There should be unity and coordination not only of all BEC’s but also all the lay organizations. Everyone in the parish must strengthen the BEC’s as agents of communion, participation and mission as exhorted in Vatican II and the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines. It should be a united and participatory church, a participatory community, a church that is a communion that participates in mission.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan talked about the BEC and the Word of God. A church becomes a Church only when the community collectively bonds together spiritually in the name of Jesus Christ. BEC is a small group of neighbors in the parish who meets every week, bonds together, shares and reflects on the Word of God, helps each other, participates in the Mission of the Church, acts as one body of Christ.


Task Force Salubong was discussed by Bishop David and Fr. Ruben Maybuena (Vicar for Pastoral Affairs) while the 3 tracks of Patients Care, Family Care and Community Care were discussed by the priests in charge Fr. Benedict Cervantes, Fr. Mariano Bartolome,Jr. and Fr. Amado Gino, respectively. The Diocese will closely coordinate with the three cities under its jurisdiction—Navotas, Malabon and Caloocan – the Philippine National Police and the DILG.

Bishop David called the community-based Rehabilitation Program of the Diocese for drug surrenderers Task Force Salubong. It was biblically-inspired by the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the Filipino tradition of Easter Salubong. Bishop David stated that addiction is not to be treated as a crime, but as sickness. What the drug dependents need is not condemnation but care. Like the father, in the Prodigal Son, we must also welcome the drug surrenderers who want to become productive members of the community. The pastoral response of the Church is to welcome those who want to lead a drug-free life. We should protect them from drug pushers and traders and those who would like to kill them. We should free them from drug addiction. We should assist their family who is affected by their addiction.

Likewise, Bishop David said that the Easter Salubong was an encounter of the Sorrowful Mother with the Risen Christ. The ritual of the Angel Descending & Singing the Regina Coeli and the Ritual of the Removal of the Black Veil Covering the Face of the Sorrowful Mother signify the removal of the veil of frustrations and disillusions of the parents, brothers/sisters, wife and children of drug dependents, the Church is giving hope to them.


After more than 13 years, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan effected a general re-shuffle of all priests in the Diocese. The announcement of new assignments was made at the Concelebrated Mass during the BEC Day. The new parish assignments will take effect on January 5, 2017. The parishes under the religious orders are not affected. Congratulations to our clergy in their new assignments.

Our Parish of San Ildefonso de Navotas welcomes Incoming Parish Priest Rev. Fr Amado “Bong” Gino, the priest in charge of the Catechetical Ministry of the Diocese and the incumbent Administrator of San Pancracio Parish . Fr. Bong, we assure you of our support and cooperation especially with the start of the countdown of the 25th Anniversary of San Ildefonso Parish on January 23, 2017. Of course we thank our Outgoing Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Jeronimo Ma. J. Cruz for your 14 years of fruitful and successful service to our parish as our shepherd, spiritual adviser, friend and brother. We wish you success and God’s guidance in your new assignment as Rector of San Roque Cathedral. God bless our Incoming and Outgoing Parish Priests.


The Council of the Laity of Kalookan would like to thank the Layko si Pads Level Up (Habag at Awa) Clergy Concert Committee members, volunteers, PPC Chairmen, production team, priests-performers who all did their best to have a successful Concert at PICC Plenary Hall. Thanks to the sponsors, Red Cross-Caloocan City, those who helped obtain permits, and who bought tickets and watched the Concert. Thanks to our guest celebrities – Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Dingdong Avanzado, Gerald Santos, Michael Angelo Lobrin, Fr. Nilo Resco,MSP, Lawrence Calderon. Thanks to Ms. Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza who refused to accept anything, all for the Church.

Thanks to Bishop Ambo David for believing in the concept of the Concert and for rendering a message and song. The proceeds of the Concert will go to the Diocese’s Task Force Salubong. Thanks to our Lord Almighty. All our efforts are for His greater glory!

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