Morphine Sulfate, a drug for cancer-stricken patients is now made available for free at selected hospitals in the country, DOH authorities said.
A distribution list was earlier prepared by the DOH Special Concerns Technical Cluster of the Dangerous Drugs Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program. The said list was issued last quarter of 2014 to the different regions of the country and supplies of the cancer drug were provided.
Cancer patients are advised by DOH to obtain their yellow prescriptions from their respective physicians, who are authorized to issue the prescription, and proceed to the selected DOH hospital in their locality to avail of the free supply of the aforesaid drug.
The following are the hospitals given free supply of Morphine Sulfate: Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital (Ilocos Norte); Region 1 Medical Center (Dagupan, Pangasinan); Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center ( Nueva Ecija); Bicol Medical Center ( Naga City); Western Visayas Medical Center ( Iloilo city); Margosatubig regional Hospital ( Zamboanga Del Sur); Mayor Hilarion Ramiro Sr. Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (Ozamis City); Northern Mindanao Medical Center ( CDO); Davao Regional Hospital ( Davao del Norte); East avenue Medical Center; Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center (Sta. Cruz, Manila); Laguna Provincial Hospital ( Sta. Cruz, Laguna) for Madre de Amor Hospice foundation; James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital (Olongapo City); and Quezon City General Hospital (EDSA, Quezon City)
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) spearheaded the Kickoff program of the observance of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DAPC) Week in Dagupan City last November 17, 2014 at CSI Stadia Convention Center, Lucao, Dagupan City.
The ceremony started with a Walk for a Cause in the fight against drug abuse participated by different government agencies, officials of the local government of Dagupan and Dangerous Drugs Board.
Giving importance to healthy living, a mass calisthenics exercise also ensued.
Pangasinan Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. strengthened his commitment to keep the province of Pangasinan drug-free.
As a native of Pangasinan, DDB Chairman Secretary Antonio A. Villar Jr. was also also very happy that this year’s DAPC celebration was hosted by Dagupan City.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez expressed the support of the whole Dagupan City to the programs and projects of the DDB. A Seminar Workshop for NSTP educators and implementers on drug abuse prevention education will be held in Dagupan City in the next two days.
Meanwhile, the highlights of the DAPC celebration have been the unveiling of billboard containing the message “No to Marijuana Legalization” and the presentation of entries for the slogan competition.
This celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 124 issued on 26 November 2001, “Declaring the third week of November of every year as the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week”.
Two (2) elementary schools in Tanay Rizal participated in the launching of the Campus Tour for Kids organized by the Dangerous Drugs Board and the Department of Education to educate the students on the eight (8) different ways to say NO to drugs.
Last October 14, 2014, 100 pupils of the said schools actively participated on the launching. Principals of both schools expressed their gratitude for making the event possible.
Ms. Lianne Angelica M. Kalacas, Information Officer of DDB, talked about the 8 different ways to Say No To Drugs. She even facilitated a discussion together with games which students enjoyed especially when they received a prize.
Mr. Diosdado A. Baquiran, designated Municipal Population Officer, Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) of Tanay gave his inspirational message and congratulated the pupils for taking a part in the tour. He also thanked the DDB for being supportive of his drug advocacy programs.
Highlight of the event was a dance presentation of Kid Listo- DDB Mascot. Students were also given a chance to interact with the mascot and dance together with him.
The Association of Government Accountants of the Philippines (AGAP), Inc. conducted a seminar entitled “Preparing for the Unexpected: The Financial Implication of Disaster Management,” for all government agencies to ensure quick recovery when calamity strikes and enable them to cultivate the culture of disaster preparedness.
Ms. Elisa D. Salon, Convention Chairman, welcomed all the participants while Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Baguio City, gave his welcome remarks. He commended all the organizers for the effort of making the seminar possible. He expressed hope that all government agencies will be financially ready when calamity occurs.
DBM Secretary Butch Abad, talked about planning as a vital weapon for achieving maximum results. He said that it is a moment of transition for the government and to the citizens in its goal to achieve good governance.
DOH Assistant Secretary Enrique A. Tayag, provided some tips and ways on how to be stress free such as always pray, smile, stay away from negative vibes, release happy hormones through exercise, and eat fruits and vegetables and getting back to normal. He emphasized that “Stress” has an enormous effect on physical and mental well-being of an individual.
On the other hand, Assistant Secretary Guillermo Flores of the Presidential Management Staff discussed the topic on Achieving the Dreams of Being a Hall Famer. He likewise gave out the criteria of attaining the best accounting office such as completeness of work, compliance of the rules and deadlines, timeliness of submission of annual financial report to COA and the accuracy.
Honorable Romeo F. Fajardo, Deputy Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense, explained about the Disaster Preparedness and highlighted the effects of disasters as well as the knowledge and capabilities developed by the government to counter such disasters.
This seminar was held at the Camp John Hay Trade & Cultural Center, Baguio City last October 21-24, 2014.
Cities of Bacolod and Valenzuela recently adopted separate resolutions against legalization of marijuana (cannabis). Both city councils agreed that marijuana legalization will run counter to the state policy of safeguarding the well being of the citizenry, particularly the youth.
In their resolutions, they expressed their disapproval of the move to legalize the use of marijuana in the country because there is no conclusive medical research that shows positive or healthy effect on individuals using the drug.
Hon. Rodolfo Albano III, representative of 1st District of Isabela, filed last May 26, 2014, House Bill 4477 or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Bill which sought to legalize and regulate the medical use of cannabis in compliance with government policy to balance its national drug control program and the regulated use of dangerous drugs for treatment and medication of patients with debilitating medical conditions.
According to the bill, research conducted by the US National Institute of Medicine confirmed the beneficial and therapeutic uses of cannabis in 1999.
Many citizens reacted to the passage of the aforesaid bill including the local governments of Bacolod and Valenzuela, and this led them to adopt separate city resolutions condemning the legalization of marijuana in the Philippines.
In their resolutions, the city government of Bacolod pointed out that states in US legalizing marijuana, experienced increase in cases of youth possessing and using the drug and has now realized the adverse effects on its youth, thus they have the intention to withdraw or revoke the law providing for marijuana legalization. The city resolution of Bacolod also cited the fact that the state of Washington suffered from an increase in transport related accidents due to drivers using marijuana.
Meanwhile, the Valenzuela City government argued that the Philippines is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs which cites marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs in the world.
The Valenzuela resolution further argued that even the Philippine Medical Association and the Philippine College of Addiction Medicine are convinced that more in-depth scientific or medical studies are needed to prove the health benefits of marijuana before it can be legalized and used as an alternative medicine.
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 include a soft copy 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.
To all Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians or Practitioners:
The Department of Health- Special Concerns Technical Cluster- Dangerous Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program (SCTC-DDAPTP) informs all concerned that the Yellow Prescription Pads are now available for sale at selected DOH distribution sites.
To all Pharmacists and Drug Store Personnel:
Please be advised that Yellow Pad Prescription with Serial Number 0856601-0856650 and Booklet Number 06A-02039 registered to Dra. Anna Liza P. Rabano was reported lost since August 10, 2014. Any transaction therefore using this prescription should not be honored.
You may report to the Dangerous Drugs Board or Department of Health any attempts to use Yellow Pad Prescription with the abovementioned numbers.
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.