The Dangerous Drugs Board’s personnel officers attended a seminar conducted by the Personnel Officers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (POAP), last June 24-27, 2014 at Golden Valley Hotel, Cebu City. 45 government employees attended the said seminar.
POAP is an association that aims to foster active interest in sound public personnel management/HRM. It serves as a clearing- house for information on relevant personnel management/ HRM methods and techniques.
Ms. Virginia Nañagas-Bactad, POAP President welcomed the participants and discussed the significance of Values: Critical Components of Enhanced Performance. She also talked about the importance of behavior of one’s values, attitudes and performance as these will help people to interact freely and carry the positive attitude towards work.
”Values play a big part in our daily lives, it starts with us and the rest follows,” Ms. Nañagas-Bactad emphasized. She further explained that public officials and employees should abide by and observe the ethical standards as public servants to provide positive motivation and develop personal growth.
Atty. Edelwina D.G Parungao, POAP Vice- President, explained the value of ethics in public service. “Social Responsibility is defined as the mode of ethics that requires us to act in a way to benefit society. It is a subcategory of ethics that dictates how we should make decisions or live our lives,” she explained.
Atty. Parungao also mentioned that those who practice the principles of social responsibility make decisions that will provide the greater welfare for society at large, even if that means sacrificing their own personal needs or wants.
Highlight of the seminar is the workshop where participants actively shared their own opinions and ideas regarding the topic.
“A message of hope: Drug use disorders are preventable and treatable.”
This year’s World Drug Day or the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) celebration is anchored on the United Nations (UN) prescribed theme that gives emphasis on the importance of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) will be leading the celebration on June 26 by mobilizing student groups, youth organizations, anti-drug abuse councils, local government units, national government agencies, and other organizations to join a mountain climbing/hiking activity from Tanay Park to Poblacion Grotto in Tanay, Rizal.
Dubbed as a “hike to a drug-free country,” the activity aims to show a strong and united front against the drug menace.
Alongside supply reduction efforts, the DDB strengthens demand reduction initiatives on drug abuse prevention and treatment and rehabilitation.
The DDB has instituted a range of educational programs and services designed to address the needs of every sector of the society. Trainings on enhancing personal and interpersonal, leadership and other life skills of the youth are installed. Parents are given training on effective and responsible parenting. Employers and workers are also provided with programs that help ensure safe and drug-free workplaces. Capacity-building programs are also given to educators, community leaders and workers, health professionals, and members of the criminal justice system.
As an important component of the demand reduction strategy, treatment and rehabilitation is also given importance. A chance to be treated and rehabilitated is afforded to those who have fallen prey to drugs. Through the use of effective treatment modalities, drug dependents are being trained to kick out the habit and become productive citizens of the society once again.
The DDB and the DOH continually monitor trends in treatment and rehabilitation as well as issues and concerns that former drug dependents and their families face.
In a seminar-workshop organized by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in partnership with the Association of Advocates Against Drugs (A3D), another 67 college student leaders was added to the pool of anti-drug advocates in the country.
The workshop, held on May 15-16, 2014 at Ciudad Christhia Resort, San Mateo, Rizal, aimed to intensify initiatives against substance abuse and strengthen and mobilize student organizations, councils and governments to incorporate and sustain various initiatives relative to drug abuse prevention education.
DDB officials led by Asec. Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, and A3D officers led by Dr. Adelaida C. Fronda, welcomed the participants.
To heighten participants’ awareness on drugs and strengthen their capacity to implement drug prevention and control programs, different lectures were given. Dir. Wilkins M. Villanueva from PDEA discussed the country’s current drug situation. How it is addressed was then discussed by Asec. Pabustan.
The salient provisions of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165 were also explained by DDB Legal Consultant, Atty. Cesar G. Posada while the medical ill effects of drugs was talked about by Asec. Benjamin P. Reyes, Deputy Executive Director for Operations.
DDB Permanent Board Member, Usec. Edgar C. Galvante also graced the occasion. In his message, he regarded the youth as “our country’s most precious resource.” He also said that the DDB and its partner agencies will continue to protect the youth from the evils of drugs.
The “Kaya ko ‘to ng walang droga” campaign, an initiative of the Dangerous Drugs Board to fully engage the public in the anti-drug advocacy via awareness-raising initiatives, was brought to life in a stage play competition at the Amoranto Theatre in Quezon City.
Students of seven participating public schools in Metro Manila depicted the importance of living healthy and drug-free to succeed in life, through plays of different original and creative plots.
The entry of Caybiga High School, Caloocan City placed first in the competition. They showcased a “docu-drama”, following the life of a young boy named Max, who amid all the influences and pressures around him was able to live away from all vices including drugs, finish his education and succeed in life.
Landing the second place was the group of students from Eulogio Rodriguez, Jr. High School, Quezon City, who portrayed the ill effects of drugs but also gave a picture of the hope there is in treatment and rehabilitation.
The third spot was awarded to Togatog National High School, Caloocan City, which presented a story on the struggles faced by a family with a drug dependent member.
Other participating schools were Makati High School, Makati City; Pinagbuhatan High School, Pasig City; Pedro E. Diaz High School, Muntinlupa City; and Mataas na Paaralanng Neptali A. Gonzales High School, Mandaluyong City.
Based on creativity, relevance of the story, and adherence to the theme, the entries were judged by Ms. Amcy Esteban of the Department of Education, Dr. Henry Magat, Associate Professor, Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department of FEU East Asia College, and Ms. Teresita C. Pindea, Chief, Preventive Education Training and Information Division of the DDB.
Winning entries will have the opportunity to perform during the significant events of the DDB.
To all Pharmacists and Drug Store Personnel:
Please be advised that Yellow Pad Prescription with Booklet Number 12A-7943 and Serial Number 374601-374650 registered to Dr. Charlene Denise B. Perez was reported lost. 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.
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