The Sanlakbay Program of the San Ildefonso Parish in Makati City has weaned another eight youths from drug dependency, that insidious habit that brings ruin to lives and families. The graduates are among 11 enrolled in the rescue and reformation program run by the parish. Sanlakbay is short for “Sanlakbay Para sa Pagbabagong Buhay” (Journey Toward a New Life); it is the Archdiocese of Manila’s program designed to rehabilitate and reform drug dependents and lead them toward a drugs-free, productive and peaceful life.
It was the signature program of IPP Jun Jun Dayrit last year during his term as club president. IPP Jun Jun graced the graduation ceremony on August 15, together with PE Bimbo Mills and Dir. Chris Ferareza.
The program began, fittingly, with Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Antonio Molaven, S.D.B. Also present was Fr. Bobby de la Cruz, head of the Sanlakbay Program at Caritas Manila. Both priests delivered brief inspirational messages, as did IPP Jun Jun who spoke of how RC Makati became involved in the program (he heard Fr. Bobby talk about it on Radio Veritas, the Catholic radio station) and the Club’s contributions to the program—donations of a van, communications equipment, and tiles for a rehab center being built.
Pres. Fred Pascual and PE Bimbo Mills are committed to carrying on with the program during their respective terms, this year and next, respectively.