The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas in Cebu in the Philippines teamed up with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Southeast Asian Goodwill Tour last month to launch a program to help the residents of the island cope with the problems they face in life and deal with disaster.
A long narrow island 225 km (140 mi) long, and surrounded by 167 neighboring smaller islands, Cebu is not only a center of trade, education and industry, it is also the oldest city in the Philippines.
Led by Taiwanese Scientologist Lu-Ying Yu and Filipina Scientology Minister, Rebecca Vinaviles, the Goodwill Tour has been conducting free life-improvement seminars throughout the city.
One example of the work they are doing is the training they gave to local policemen. With their responsibility to keep the peace and maintain order police have to confront some of the most dangerous and abhorrent elements of society. It is also the police who are usually the first to respond in times of disaster and emergency. With this kind of stress, police burnout is a common problem in cities all over the world.
The Volunteer Ministers addressed this with a series of seminars to 41 Cebu police, to help the officers tackle those factors they find most difficult in their jobs. As police are frequently faced with violence from unresolved and mounting friction among individuals or groups, the first seminar was "How to Resolve Conflicts," based on the Scientology Handbook, the text of which is taken from the writings of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
Because they often have to deal with people who are belligerent, confused or overwhelmed, establishing communication with victims and suspects alike is a skill police urgently need to have. So, the next workshop covered the basic elements of communication, with examples taken from real-life situations to help the policemen apply this technology to the situations they confront on a daily basis.
The following day, the tour held a completely different kind of workshop to parents in a rough Cebu neighborhood who are concerned about their children and how to make sure they steer clear of crime and drugs.
While delivering seminars and workshops, the volunteers also provided one-on-one help to anyone who came to the bright yellow tent they pitched in prominent locations around the city.
In cities all over the world, people are faced with problems for which they have no effective solutions. In establishing the Volunteer Ministers program 30 years ago, L. Ron Hubbard wrote: "...if one is going to find fault with something, it implies that he wishes to do something about it and would if he could." The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Southeast Asian Goodwill Tour are providing the people of the Philippines with the knowledge they need to change those things they don´t agree with, and create a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.