The Philippine Youth delegation composed of Jessie Tolentino and Frances Ann Teves from Dangerous Drugs Board, Shelly Ann Catangay from Pasay City Anti-Drug Abuse Council and Genevieve Allison from University of the Philippines-Diliman represented the country in the First Global Forum for Youth Leaders on Drug Use Prevention held at Armed Forces Hotel and Club, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates last February 10-14, 2014. 240 youth from 47 countries participated in the forum.
Dr. Hamad Al Ghafri, Director General, The National Rehabilitation Centre, Abu Dhabi, welcomed the participants in an opening ceremony that was held at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. He reiterated in his speech the role of youth in nation building as well as their power to influence others to prevent them from using illegal drugs. Mr. Tay Bian How, Acting Secretary General, The Colombo Plan Secretariat, emphasized on what youth can do to help solve the problems of drugs all over the world. “It is a disease that continues to spread so we need to prevent it,” Mr. Tay stated.
The 1st Global Forum for Youth Leaders on drug Use Prevention was established to provide knowledge and understanding of illicit drugs and their ill effects among youth and empower the participants with life skills. It nurtures every youth to be leaders in their own capacity, to take control of their own lives and lead those of their peers. The forum advocates healthy lifestyles and equip youth with skills to make healthy life choices.
The Participants were divided into groups and were tasked to come up with project proposals with intention to implement them in their respective countries. Some of the more impressive proposals made during the forum were: Launching of a Street Talent Night (Argentina); Conduct of Information Drive in Schools (Pakistan); Establishing a Foundation for Out of School Youth (Zimbabwe).
The Philippine delegation presented a project proposal on the conduct of a massive anti-drug campaign, training, and information dissemination in schools within Metro Manila, Philippines.
The four-day forum provided lectures and group activities to the participants. Visits to different tourist spots in Abu Dhabi like the Desert Safari and Grand Mosque were also made.
Highlight of the global forum is the cultural night wherein all participants were made to showcase their culture through a country presentation of songs, dance and monologue, wearing their traditional costumes.
A two-day Seminar-Workshop on Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) was conducted last November 5-6, 2013 at Riceland 2 Hotel, M. H. Del Pilar Street, Calapan City, Mindoro by the Dangerous Drugs Board, in partnership with Department of Education (DepEd), Region lV - MIMAROPA, Division of Calapan City.
This year’s theme focused on strengthening the role of parents in drug abuse prevention and control. Different core groups of parents were trained as anti-drug advocates and provided additional knowledge and necessary parenting skills. They are expected to re-echo the same to fellow parents so that they will be able to develop social action programs on drug abuse prevention.
Ms. Liza Marie S. Dillena, RN, Officer In-Charge, Health and Nutrition Council, DepEd Region lV-MIMAROPA, welcomed the guests and participants. She expressed gratitude to DDB for the technical and financial support provided to implement the program.
Usec. Rommel L. Garcia, M. D., Permanent Member, DDB, gave the inspirational message. “The fight against drug abuse cannot be won in the streets but rather at the doorsteps of our respective homes.” Usec. Garcia stated.
Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, PETID, explained to participants the objectives of the seminar-workshop. It was followed by the leveling of expectations and setting of ground rules to be observed for the entire duration of the seminar.
The Drug Situation Update which highlighted the Supply Reduction Accomplish- ments of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was discussed by Dir. Wardley M. Getalla, Deputy Regional Director, Regional Office, MIMAROPA.
Ms. Eden Marino, Social Welfare Officer III, DSWD discussed about HIV/AIDS while Usec. Garcia talked about the Medical Ill Effects of Drugs in the Human Body.
Closing Ceremony highlighted the words spoken by Ms. Noida DG. Castro, Education Program Supervisor, DepEd Division of Calapan City. “I am grateful to the DDB Training Team for the assistance extended to us in the conduct of a seminar-workshop. It is only the beginning of the strong, long-lasting partnership and commitment with the Board. It is a remarkable undertaking considering the unpredictable weather situation which everybody was unmindful of for the sake of learning.” Ms. Castro stated.
STEP was designed for parents to demonstrate and appreciate their roles on drug abuse prevention and control. The project likewise aimed to help parents find ways to improve their relationship with their children and to detect and refer drug dependents for appropriate care.
In a spirit of bayanihan and compassion, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the DDB-Employees Union donated cash and goods to victims of super typhoon Yolanda. The donation will be coursed through the Department of Social Welfare and Development in accordance with the instruction of the President.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda —is one of the strongest storms that ever hit the country. Heavy rainfall and floods caused thousands of people in the province of Tacloban, Leyte and nearby areas to perish and die. Yolanda had an estimated maximum sustained winds of 195 mph with gusty winds above 220 mph.
Public hearing on the amendment of Board Regulation No. 3, S. 2003, entitled “Comprehensive Guidelines on Importation, Distribution, Manufacture, Prescription, Dispensing and Sale of, and Other Lawful Acts in connection with any Dangerous Drugs, Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals and other Similar or Analogous Substances,” supposedly on 12 November 2013, 9 AM, at the Department of Health Convention Hall, San Lazaro Compound, Sta. Cruz, Manila is re-scheduled. The public hearing will now be conducted on 4 December 2013, 1:30 PM at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Gymnasium.
Meanwhile, public hearing on Board Regulation No. 4, S. 2008, entitled “Implementing Rules and Regulations Governing Accreditation of Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers and Accreditation of Center Personnel,” and Board Regulation No. 7, S. 2003, entitled “General Guidelines for the Mandatory Drug Testing of Officers and Members of the Military, Police and Other Law Enforcement Agencies” will push through as scheduled on 8 November 2013, 1 PM, at the DDB Conference Room, NIA Road, Diliman, Quezon City.
Usec. Rommel L. Garcia, DDB Permanent Board Member, has announced the schedule of the public hearings on the amendment of three Board Regulations concerning the importation, distribution, manufacture, prescription, dispensing, and sale of dangerous drugs; accreditation of treatment and rehabilitation centers; and mandatory drug testing of law enforcers.
All concerned and interested parties are invited to attend the public hearings scheduled in November. (Click here to see the formal notice) Comments and suggestions are also welcomed and may be sent to the official e-mail address of the DDB at email@example.com. (Click here to see the amended Board Regulations)
Public hearing on the amendment of Board Regulation No. 3, S. 2003, entitled “Comprehensive Guidelines on Importation, Distribution, Manufacture, Prescription, Dispensing and Sale of, and Other Lawful Acts in connection with any Dangerous Drugs, Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals and other Similar or Analogous Substances,” will be conducted on 12 November 2013, 9 AM, at the Department of Health Convention Hall, San Lazaro Compound, Sta. Cruz, Manila.
The other two are Board Regulation No. 4, S. 2008, entitled “Implementing Rules and Regulations Governing Accreditation of Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers and Accreditation of Center Personnel,” and Board Regulation No. 7, S. 2003, entitled “General Guidelines for the Mandatory Drug Testing of Officers and Members of the Military, Police and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.”
Public hearing on the amendment of these regulations is scheduled on 8 November 2013, 1 PM, at the DDB Conference Room, NIA Road, Diliman, Quezon City.
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