The SHEPHERD | Danilo Q. Junco
President Duterte appointed Dr. Grepor “Butch” Belgica as the chairman of the President for Religious Affairs (PARA) to help fight of his campaign against the perennial problems the country faces of illegal drugs, corruptions, lawlessness, subversion and so forth.
PARA was launched on May 5, 2019 in collaboration with other government agencies such as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Justice (DOJ), Philippine Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), among others.
Primarily, PARA is a government agency and not a religious organization tasked to educate the people about the harmful effects of drug addiction, moral turpitude or corruption, character degeneration, and rebellion or subversion.
The agency’s operation covers nationwide regardless of all kinds of religions like Islam, Buddhist, Protestant, Roman Catholic, and all local government units (LGUs).
Then Belgica has attached the word Office to PARA making the abbreviated name OPARA for the country’s new birthing known as the “Philippine Moral Transformation 2020.”
This is the main objective of the attached newly abbreviated name OPARA to transform the moral aspect of [us] Filipinos though known as religious people but sad to say that our characters are ungodly.
Though this is not a religious persuasion and dogma, the agency through Belgica and his staff and associates are working hard to transform this nation into Christ-like character.
Belgica and director Ben Reyes Canela and others have been going around the nation to help the cities, towns, provinces and even barangays to oppose vehemently the proliferation of illegal drugs of their respective jurisdictions and also to introduce the guidelines and statutes for the moral recovery programs of the government.
One of these statutes is called Gabay that the parents have to establish in their homes in what is called “Bawat Tahanan Sambahayan” teaching the members of the families on the Scriptures or the Bible.
Aside from this, OPARA also is introducing a livelihood program known as “Plant, Plant, Plant” that each family has to plant in his backyard or adopt in what is called urban farming like vegetables and others for their food consumption.
The government will help provide veggie seedlings and others to poor families and those street dwellers or informal settlers are encouraged also to go back to their respective provinces.
This is a thankless job for all the staff and associates of Belgica as they are going to places doing the works at their own expenses as their budget has not yet been approved.
But they don’t mind as they are helping President Duterte to make this nation free from all kinds of wickedness and Filipinos will know the true living and almighty God through the Lord Jesus of the Bible.
Belgica is a journalist, author, itinerary evangelist, Senior Pastor of the Lord’s Vineyard Covenantal Community Church, Undersecretary of the Dangerous Drug Board, Commissioner of the Presidential Anti Organized Crime, and currently chairman of the Office of the Presidential for Religious Affairs.
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