COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No.  895          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                      18 September 2016


Pope Francis, through Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute Secretary of State, acknowledged receipt of “a copy of your diocesan strategic plan on marriage.”

Below is the letter dated 9 September 2016.

Your excellency,

The Holy Father has received a copy of your diocesan strategic plan on marriage.  He thanks you for sharing this information with him and for your efforts in support of married couples.

In asking for your continued prayers for him and his ministry, His Holiness offers the assurance of his own prayers for you and your brother Bishops.  He willingly imparts to you and all those entrusted to your care his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and joy in the Lord Jesus.

Assuring you of my own best wishes, I am

Yours sincerely in Christ,


+Angelo Becciu




Police Chief Superintendent (General) Cedric G. Train, Acting Regional Director, Police Regional Office 12, requested Bishop Dinualdo for a combined effort to rehabilitate victims of illegal drugs.

Below is General Train’s letter dated Sept. 02, 2016.

Dear Bishop Gutierrez:

The Police Regional Office 12 is relentless in its campaign against the evil cause of illegal drugs that destroys the moral strength and resolve of individual as well as the community in general.  This is in consonance with the call of President Duterte’s administration on priority plans and programs.

As of July 1 to date, PRO 12 recorded a total number of 29, 205 individual personalities who voluntarily surrendered to the different police stations throughout the region.  South Cotabato, Sarangani and General Santos City which is under the stewardship of the Diocese of Marbel has a total of more or less 11,534 resurfaced drug personalities of which majority are Christians.  Our pro-active campaign in this war on drugs has become a unified effort among Government Organization, Non-Government Organization and other stakeholders.  We already have interventions regarding economic, psychological and physical aspects of the surrenderees but we lack the spiritual aspect.

PRO 12 through the Office of Police Community Relations Division request approval from your Office to allow us to share our proposed program dubbed as “UGNAYAN NG PAROKYA AT PULISYA PARA SA ESPIRITWAL NA TULONG SA MGA BIKTIMA NG ILLEGAL NA DROGA” to the different parish priests in your Diocese this coming September 13, 2016 during their monthly recollection at ST. FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH, Malapatan, Sarangani Province.

This effort is to give emphasis on saving the soul of the drug users and pushers through the combined effort of the PNP and the LOCAL CATHOLIC CHURCH, as a way of shepherding them in line with the Comprehensive, Relevant and Systematic Program (CRSP) of Diocese of Marbel pertaining to Pastoral Accompaniment and in Response to POPE FRANCIS’ APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION: AMORIS LAETITIA.

We are looking forward for your optimistic grant to help and support us in strengthening the spiritual and moral integrity of the drug surrenderees.

Very truly yours,


CEDRIC G. TRAIN                                                                                                                                    Police Chief Superintendent

Acting Regional Director

As of September 1, 2016 surrenderees in the Diocese of Marbel are: 3,942 (South Cotabato); 5,267 (Sarangani); 2,772 (General Santos City); 989 (Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat); and 20 (Lutayan, S.K.).  Total 12,990.  Estimated 80% (10,392) are Catholics.

This partnership is dubbed “Ugnayan ng Parokya at Pulisya sa Espiritwal at Moral na Tulong sa mga Biktima ng Illegal na Druga” (UPPEM-TBID).

Program is titled “Comprehensive, Relevant, Systematic Spiritual and Moral Intervention Program for Victims of Illegal Drugs (CRS-SMIP for Drug Users and Pushers).

Illegal drugs destroys individuals and the total well-being of society.

Police Regional Office 12 has interventions in the economic, psychological and physical aspects of drug users and pushers.  But it lacks spiritual and moral interventions to make such assistance holistic, integral.

Emphasis of the program is saving the souls of drug users and pushers.

Through series of activities such as PREX, SAMARIA-CURSILLO, Sunday Bible Service with communion, weekly KRISKA Sessions, reception of sacraments, recollections, seminars, devotions, etc., the person will be integrated/reintegrated into the GKK, knows Jesus Christ better, accepts Christ and becomes intimate with Christ and, hopefully, performs corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  In short, the person is helped to think like Christ, wills like Christ, acts like Christ.  A Christified person so that with St. Paul he/she could say “I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2: 20).


Parish priest

  • Provide venues, speakers and facilitators during the conduct of activities; and
  • Provide religious service to the surrenderees during the activities such as counseling, confession and Eucharistic celebration.


  • Brief the PP about his present situational; update regarding war on drugs in his AOR.
  • Provide list of drug surrenderees to the PP within his AOR.
  • Provide food and material support during the conduct of activities;
  • In-charge of activity’s documentation
  • Submit after activity report with pictures for the Bishop, RD, Mayor, PD and for the station; and
  • Perform other tasks if needed.


  1. COP will visit, coordinate and share their situational update on drug campaign within their AOR and submit list of surrenderees to the parish priest.
  2. COP will identify the religious profile of all the surrenderees and share it to the PP
  3. COP will ask assistance from the PP for any appropriate existing Pastoral Programs in the parish that would best strengthen the spiritual and moral life of the surrenderees.

PSSupt. (Lt.Col.) Fr. Jaime Consolacion Seriña III, PNP R12 Chaplain met with Claretian, Passionist and Diocesan priests, 13 September, Malapatan, Sarangani; PPC, Holy Cross Parish, Calumpang, General Santos City, late afternoon, 13 September; and with a General Assembly, 17 Sept., St. Anthony/Cathedral Parish, Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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