The six-day training for Universal Prevention Curricula (UPC) on Substance Use Curriculum 5: School-Based Prevention Interventions was successfully conducted last September 24-30, 2015 at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
This was attended by different trainers from Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Local Government Unit, Non-Government Organization, Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Assistant Secretary Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, DDB, acknowledged the commitment and support by the Colombo Plan Bureau to strengthen the war against drug abuse. He claimed that the innovative efforts and strategies for the utilization of the evidence based prevention efforts from local and international counterparts has done a lot in the global fight against drug abuse.
The said training was divided into 8 modules namely: Training Introduction, Schools as an Important Setting for Substance Use Prevention, Child and Adolescent Development, Defining the Substance Use Problem for Prevention Planning in Schools, Applying Theory to Substance Use Prevention, Selecting and Adapting the Right Prevention Program from your School, School Environment and School Policies and Monitoring and Evaluation.
The above-mentioned modules were discussed thoroughly by different master trainers from Colombo Plan, DDB, DepEd and Life Jesus International Ministry.
Participants were given assigned topics based on the modules. Teach-back sessions were undertaken; it was integrated during the discussion of the different modules of curriculum 5. Each participant delivered a 15-30 minute lecture on their assigned topic. They were all evaluated based on knowledge of the subject matter, participants engagement, communication skills and trainer demeanor.
Dr. Josephine Leonkeow, Global Master Trainer-ICCE Colombo Plan, pointed out that this training will improve the quality of prevention services through expanding and professionalizing prevention practitioners via the International Centre for Certification and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) certification and training program on UPC.
“I hope that Universal Prevention Curricula (UPC) developed by the Colombo Plan Bureau, will meet the high demands of evidence-based practices and strategies in the area of substance use prevention in the Philippines. No matter how small the effort maybe, saving at least one of this vulnerable youth in the growing number of young people abusing drugs will certainly make a difference,” Dr. Leonkeow stated.
“I challenge all of you to be more committed and continuously strengthen your efforts in cascading the Universal Prevention Curricula (UPC) School Based Prevention Intervention throughout the country,” she added.
The Dangerous Drugs Board, with the support of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and in cooperation with the Association of Advocates Against Drugs (A3D) Inc., conducted the 6th run of the Seminar Workshop for College Student Leaders on Drug Abuse Prevention Education (DAPE) held at Arabelle Suites, Tagbilaran City, Bohol on October 7-9, 2015.
Some sixty three (63) participants from various higher education institutions from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao attended the three-day seminar-workshop to strengthen the commitment of college student leaders in the implementation of drug abuse prevention education initiatives in their respective schools.
Dr. Adelaida C. Fronda, President, A3D, welcomed the participants and gave welcome remarks. In her speech, she emphasized the power of student leaders to influence the other students in fighting the evil of drugs.
“I have a strong belief in your capacities as student leaders because you will not be elected by your peers for nothing. Your responsibility is to become drug warriors as you go back to your respective campuses and influence them to live a healthy and drug-free lifestyle by including DAPE activities in your programs,” Dr. Fronda stated.
Undersecretary Rommel L. Garcia, Permanent Member, DDB, discussed the Physical, Psychological and Medical Effects of Drugs in Human Life. He further enumerated the common signs of drug abuse and explained the classification of drug abusers as well as the appropriate intervention needed for each type. He even shared to the students his experiences on those drug addicts who underwent treatment and rehabilitation when he was still a director of one of the government owned rehab centers in the country.
Ms. Rowena H. Espiloy, Health Education and Promotion Officer III, DDB, provided the participants a rundown of the various programs being implemented by the government to address the drug abuse problem in line with the five pillars of action.
The current drug situation in the country was explained by Agent Ma. Chona O. Egam, PDEA. She claimed that the efforts of PDEA and other law enforcement agencies’ respond to the emerging drug trends and helps to counter the modus operandi of local and national drug syndicates.
Highlight of the said seminar-workshop was the on-the-spot poster making and essay writing contests, winners were awarded certificates and cash prizes.
With the aim of equipping the out of school youth with knowledge on substance abuse and prevention, enhance their skills, attitudes and ability to face problems, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), together with the Local Government of San Antonio, Nueva Ecija, and Ako Ang Saklay Center conducted a Seminar on Drug Abuse Prevention for Out-of-School Youth (OSY).
Some 133 participants joined the said seminar and actively participated in the discussions.
Fr. Arnold Abelardo, Director, “Ako Ang Saklay Center,” welcomed the participants and shared the history of the center and the goals they wanted to achieve.
Local government officials also graced the seminar and gave their messages. In their speech, they pointed out that illegal drugs are considered to be one of the most serious problems in the society today as it destroys the life of the Filipino youth. They keep on reiterating the famous adage of our National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, “The Filipino Youth is the hope of our Nation.”
Ms. Jenhmarie Dawn T. Frias, Administrative Aide IV, DDB, discussed the Government Response to Drug Problem. Her discussion focused on the different programs formulated by the DDB and its partner agencies to address the drug problem.
Atty. Philip Josef Vera Cruz, Chief, Legal Division, DDB, explained the Salient Provisions of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) as well as the procedures of treatment and rehabilitation program. He further discussed the relevant provisions of the law and gave examples of cases where they can be applied.
On the other hand, the topic about Ill Effects of Dangerous Drugs was taken by Dr. Susan Gregorio, MD, DOH. During her talk, Dr. Gregorio discussed the risks of using illegal drugs and its negative effects on the physical and mental health of the body.
This seminar was conducted at Barangay Luyos, San Antonio, Nueva Ecija, on September 11, 2015.
Some 89 senior citizens of Muntinlupa attended the Training Seminar on Drug Abuse Prevention Education for Senior Citizens and vowed support to fight the evil of illegal drugs.
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in collaboration with Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Office (DAPCO), Muntinlupa City and Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) successfully conducted the said seminar in Muntinlupa Sports Center, Brgy. Tunasan, Muntinlupa City.
The seminar started through a welcome remarks by PSSupt Florocito E. Ragudo (Ret.) followed by an inspirational message by Atty. Patricio Buncayao, Councilor of Brgy. Tunasan, Muntinlupa City. Both of them emphasized the importance of senior citizens in the fight against drug abuse and expressed gratitude to the DDB staff for sharing their time and effort in the conduct of the said training seminar.
Ms. Delpha E. Denosta, Project Development Officer III, DDB, briefed the participants on the mechanics and objectives of the said seminar, followed by the leveling of expectations as well as the setting of ground rules to be observed during the entire duration of the said training seminar.
Ms. Ma. Consorcia J. Ruiz, Administrative Officer II, DDB, updated the participants on the extent of the country’s problem on illegal drugs and cited the most common modes of drug trafficking including the use of drug mules or couriers. She also highlighted the different preventive education programs of the Board and the government efforts to eliminate the tremendous drug problem in the country.
The national drug situation in the country was discussed by Atty. Ronnie N. Cudia, Deputy Director for Intelligence and Investigation Service, PDEA while Atty. Cesar G. Posada, Legal Consultant, DDB, explained the Treatment and Rehabilitation Process, the Drug Testing Procedures under RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002). Atty. Posada gave emphasis on the legal basis for the random drug testing, the duties and responsibilities of the communities and person in authority who can initiate programs on drug abuse prevention and control.
Dr. Susan Gregorio, Medical Consultant, DDB National Trainer on Universal Prevention Curriculum, talked about the Medical Aspects of Drug Abuse. Her discussion focused on the harmful effects of drugs to the body and brain when it is being abused, and the consequences that will affect their family and the community.
In his closing message, PSSupt. Florocito E. Ragudo (Ret.) cited the importance of the said seminar to heighten the awareness and encourage the senior citizens, despite their age, to be sensitive to the problems of the society. “I would like to express my profound thanks and gratitude to the DDB officials and staff in conducting this seminar and for sharing their time and knowledge from which the participants had benefited.” PSSupt. Ragudo said.
In a joint initiative of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Department of Health (DOH), a manual to guide the establishment of community-based treatment and care services for people affected by drug use and dependence was developed and launched on September 18 at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.
Sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which also provided technical support and assistance to the development of the guidance document, the launch was attended by drug abuse prevention workers, treatment and rehabilitation practitioners, social workers and community organizers from all over the country.
The guidance will be of great help in the bid to bring treatment and rehabilitation services more accessible to the public, DDB Executive Director Usec. Jose Marlowe S. Pedregosa said during the launch.
“By bringing treatment and rehabilitation services closer to the people, we are providing them with the means to protect themselves from the harms entailed by drugs,” he said.
The development of the guidance is regarded as an important milestone in the fight against drug abuse as it brings forth the government’s commitment to provide better care and services to the people including recovering drug dependents.
“Aside from assuring them the accessibility and availability of services, we are giving them the hope that drug perpetrators will never defeat us. We are reassuring them that the battle against drugs is continuously won,” Usec. Pedregosa added.
The launch of the guidance document is the first among a series of efforts to establish community-based tertiary prevention facilities. Initially, this will be piloted in three areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
To all concerned clients and stakeholders:
The Legal Division of the Dangerous Drugs Board receives numerous requests for Certificate of No Controlled Chemicals and Certificate of Exemption. In a bid to efficiently process and proficiently evaluate all these requests, we will be implementing a schedule for the submission of applications and walk-in inquiries.
Starting on 20 July 2015 (Monday), submission of applicants and walk-in inquiries shall be accommodated by our personnel from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on regular office days. This will allow us to process applications thereafter.
We are hoping for your understanding and cooperation.
Dangerous Drugs Board
To all Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians, or Practitioners:
The Department of Health-Special Concerns Technical Cluster-Dangerous Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program (SCTC-DDAPTP) announces the availability of Yellow Prescription Pads for sale at selected DOH distribution sites. (Please see complete list under Downloads section in the side bar portion of the DDB website).
FOR: APPLICANTS FOR ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF NON-CONTROLLED CHEMICALS AND CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION
FROM: DDB LEGAL
Effective February 4, 2015 (Wednesday), all applications and attached annexes for certificate of non-controlled chemicals and certificate of exemtion shall submitted in pdf format of said application and attached annexes to be placed in a CD or USB Flash Drive. The requirement aims to improve file management and reduce paper usage in the office.
Applications submitted after the said date without the soft copy requirement shall not be accepted.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Please enclose a SELF - ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE if you wish to have your certification / exemption mailed to your company through registered mail only. Please ensure that you have placed the proper amount of stamps in a legal - size envelope in order to have the certification / exemption delivered through registerd mail.
TO: ALL PHYSICIANS, DENTISTS, VETERINARIANS AND PHARMACISTS
In the interest of public service, please be informed that due to unavailability of the DOH-Special Prescription Form (Yellow Pad), the use of Ordinary Personalized Prescription Form is HEREBY EXTENDED UNTIL SUCH TIME THE DOH SPECIAL PRESCRIPTION FORMS shall be readily available.
Furthermore, the same shall be in triplicate form, the ordinary copy of which shall be surrendered to the drugstore or pharmacy that dispense the dangerous drugs, the duplicate copy shall remain with the patient or purchaser-representative, and the third copy shall be retained by the prescribing physician.
This advisory shall take effect immediately.
(Sgd) Undersecretary JOSE MARLOWE S. PEDREGOSA
05 April 2013