More private companies continue supporting the Drug Abuse in the Workplace Program of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) as mandated by RA 9165 to be part of company policies to eliminate the use and abuse of illegal drugs in the workplace.
One such company supporting the program is the Firefly Electric & Lighting Corporation (FELCO), a company established to engage primarily in the marketing and sale of various lighting and electrical products in the Philippines and provides cost-effective and quality solutions to various projects with wide range of lighting products.
The Dangerous Drugs Board conducted a seminar on Drug Abuse Prevention in the Workplace to 32 of its employees January 29, 2015 at 7/F Zen Offices Bldg., 1111 Natividad St., Ermita, Manila.
Ms. Edna A. Villavicencio, DDB Training Specialist – III, discussed the topic, “Drug Abuse in the Workplace”. She lengthily explained the aims and objectives of drug abuse prevention in the workplace, the characteristics of drug abusers and its effect to productivity. Likewise, she tackled the aims and objectives of drug abuse prevention in the workplace and the steps in developing a drug and substance abuse prevention program.
The Salient Provisions of R.A. 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 was explained by Atty. Cesar Posada, DDB Legal Consultant. He focused on the provisions of the law and the corresponding penalties.
Dr. Ma. Corazon C. Dumlao, Chief, Health Division, Health & Nutrition Center, Department of Education discussed the “Medical Aspect of Drug Abuse” and highlighted the detrimental effects of abusing drugs, the stages of drug abuse and how to identify drug abusers.
DDB will continue its mandate in spreading information about the ill effects of drugs especially to the different workplace in the society.
To inform and empower scout masters and leaders on the various teaching methods of drug abuse prevention and control, and how to integrate these concepts in their scouting lessons, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) conducted a seminar on drug abuse prevention and control for 110 scout masters and leaders of City of Antipolo.
The said seminar focused on the role of scout masters in molding their students to be a drug-free citizen.
Dr. Flora D. Cahapay, Council Chairman, Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog Region, Antipolo City gave her opening remarks and emphasized the need for scout masters and leaders to help the government in its fight against the evils of drug abuse.
In a message given by Dr. Victor C. Cahapay, Council Training Commissioner, BSP Southern Tagalog Region, Antipolo City Council he underscored the importance of drug abuse prevention awareness as part of their scouting lessons in the school and community.
On behalf of Sec. Antonio “Bebot” A. Villar Jr., DDB Chairman, Asec. Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration stressed the need for early prevention for grade school children. “As scout masters and leaders, it is your responsibility to guide and teach your students to say no to drugs,” Asec. Pabustan stated.
Atty. Arnold L. Valle, Attorney V, Legal Research Division, PDEA discussed the salient provisions of R.A. 9165 and explained in detail the different provisions of the said law and the corresponding penalties for violations of the Act.
The aforesaid seminar conducted January 24, 2015 at Juan Sumulong Elementary School, Sumulong St., Brgy San Roque, Antipolo City.
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.
In the interest of Public Service, please be informed that the controlled Prescription Forms also known as "yellow prescription pads" used for prescribing dangerous drugs for patients are already available in selected Department of Health hospitals nationwide.
Use of the prescription forms by S2-Licensed Physicians, Dentists and Veterinarians for above-mentioned purposes will again be required after 15 days of this publication. This advisory rescinds the previous advisory dated April 5, 2013, issued regarding this matter.
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.
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.