Scientology tapped to fight substance abuse

Multi-awarded recording artist, composer, lyricist and performer David Pomeranz is sharing his music to help the government curb drug abuse through a major breakthrough in self-healing.

At a forum, Pomeranz announced the goodwill tour initiated by the Scientology Volunteers Ministry in Manila and other cities, to teach people how to handle various problems and illnesses that could trigger drug dependency.

He said he is recommending the hands-on approach to hinder drug problems as well as resolve conflicts, broken marriages, suppression, child abuse, unfair labor practices, illiteracy, poverty and poor social relationship, “unburden” traumatic experiences and cure illnesses.

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“This is for everybody. I just want to help our friends in trouble. I am here in the Philippines for the 20th time,” he told Standard Today.

“What makes a man unhappy every day. Remove the filter, be happy in life. Emotional baggage must be a thing of the past. Man has a body, a mind and a spirit. We must unburden our past.”

Pomeranz joins actor Tom Cruise among the celebrities devoted to scientology.

He said the positive impact of the scientology approach was remarkable not only in his country, but also in Asia.

Director Anselmo Avenido, of the Dangerous Drugs Board, showed up at the forum and praised the Church of Scientology for introducing the philosophy to the agency several years back.

“When we learned about the scientology, we immediately coordinated with its representatives and sent our officials to the US,” he said.

“We are happy to report to the Scientology church that your technique has been very effective in delivering our message to the people. We appreciate your efforts to help us in our antidrug campaign,” Avenido said.

Pomeranz, born in New York City, is known for hundreds of his hit songs, such as “Got to Believe in Magic” and “King and Queen of Hearts.” He penned other hits for Barry Manilow, Cliff Richards and other rock stars as well as movie themes.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, represented by Undersecretary Alicia Balang, and the University of the Philippines’ School of Labor and Industrial Relations have adopted scientology to improve their services.

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Rio N. Araja, Manila Standard Today, July 3, 2007, http://www.manilastandardtoday.com

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