A total of 279 BIR employees from Pampanga and Quezon City participated in the Orientation Seminar on the Promotion of a Drug-Free Workplace Program held last April 28 and May 7, 2015.
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in partnership with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Department of Labor and Employment-Occupational Safety and Health Center (DOLE-OSHC) successfully conducted the seminar. The activity aimed to provide and update the knowledge of the employees on the complex issues regarding drug and substance abuse in the workplace as well as heighten the level of awareness of human resource management officers and employees in developing relationship with their co-workers and in detecting and referring employees who are using drugs for appropriate care, treatment and rehabilitation.
Atty. Francis del Valle, Chief Legal Affairs and Assistance Division, PDEA, explained the different acts punishable under RA 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 as well as the corresponding penalties. Furthermore, he pointed out the duties and responsibilities of persons in authority who can apprehend or cause the apprehension of those who violate any of the provisions of the law.
On the other hand, Asec. Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, DDB, explained to the employees of BIR in Pampanga the government efforts in addressing the problem of drugs in the country. He focused his discussion on the five (5) Pillars of Action being implemented by DDB.
In both venues, the topic on Medical Aspects of Drug Abuse was discussed and the participants learned about physical, mental and psychological effects of drugs on one’s health.
DDB resolves to pursue its mandate to conduct Drug-Free Workplace Programs in all government agencies and private companies in the country to eventually achieve a drug-free Philippines.
To effectively synchronize all efforts in the anti-drug campaign towards the attainment of a drug-free Philippines, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in collaboration with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted the Continuing Seminar on Anti-Illegal Drug Operations and Investigation.
P/SSupt. Alex B. Sintin, Provincial Director, Tarlac PPO, delivered his welcome remarks. He expressed his gratitude to DDB and PDEA for the conduct of the said seminar.
Asec. Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, DDB, read the message of Sec. Antonio A. Villar Jr., Chairman, DDB. In his message, he emphasized the need for the conduct of the training-seminar as this will enhance the capabilities of law enforcers in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations.
Director Randy Pedroso, Chief PDEA, IIS, discussed the Basic Anti-Illegal Drugs Intelligence. He tackled the development of cases, planning and validation of sources of information and presentation of practical approaches to offset modus operandi of drug syndicates.
The Salient Features of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 was explained by Atty. Rominagrace Yadao, PDEA Region III. She emphasized its significant provisions, unlawful acts and its penalties and the responsibilities of law enforcement officers.
Atty. Ronnie N. Cudia, Deputy Director, PDEA-NCR, talked about the Airport, Bus and Border Patrol Interdiction as well as the profiling of passengers, different methods of concealment and drug courier characteristics. While Director Belen M. Banog, Chief, PDEA Laboratory Services, discussed the Identification of Dangerous Drugs, Laboratory Equipment and Precursors and Essential Chemicals.
The Rules on Buy-Bust Operations and Inflagrante Case with Practical Exercises was explained by Director Ismael Fajardo, Chief SES, PDEA. He discussed intensively the rules and procedures that govern the responsibility of anti-drug unit in the application and implementation of buy-bust operations and inflagrante cases in accordance with RA 9165 and relevant Supreme Court decisions. He also tackled the topics: Basic Anti-Illegal Drugs Investigation, Rules on Search Warrant Operations with Practical Exercises.
During the last day of the seminar, P/Supt. Leonardo R. Suan, PNP-AIDSOTF, discussed the Rules on Clandestine Laboratory Investigation and Operation with sub-topics: Clandestine Laboratory Hazards, Investigation of Clan Lab and Storage Facility, Preservation of Clan Lab Evidence and Post Investigation of Dismantled Clan Lab. The PNP Manual on Anti-Illegal Drug Operations and the Rules on the Chain Of Custody was explained by Atty. Roque Merdegia, Legal Officer, PNP-AIDSOTF.
Fifty-six (56) Police Non-Commisioned Officers from different Police Stations of Tarlac and the Tarlac Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTF) and Drug Enforcement Officers from PDEA Regional Office III participated in the aforesaid seminar which was held last April 13-17, 2105 at the La Maja Rica Hotel, Tarlac City.
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in cooperation with the Municipality of Alaminos, Pangasinan conducted the Advocacy Program for Multi-Sectoral Groups on Drug Abuse Prevention Education to intensify the initiatives against substance abuse.
It was participated by one thousand (1000) college student leaders, barangay officials and government employees in Alaminos, Pangasinan.
Usec. Rommel L. Garcia, Permanent Member, DDB, welcomed the participants. “I hope that you will gain new knowledge and insights from the lectures and use it to influence your schools and communities for the better. I encourage all the students to listen and internalize the lectures so that you can share with your fellow students what you have learned in this seminar,” Usec. Garcia stated.
The Medical Aspects of Drug Abuse was discussed by Asec. Benjamin P. Reyes, Deputy Executive Director for Operations, DDB. He emphasized in his discussion the symptoms of drug abuse, its physical, mental and psychological effects on the person’s health.
Atty. Philip Josef T. Vera Cruz, Chief Legal Division, DDB, talked about the Salient Features of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. In his lecture, he cited the different unlawful acts and their corresponding penalties.
The government efforts to address the drug problem was explained by Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief Preventive Education Training and Information Division, DDB. She focused on the government’s preventive drug education programs.
Hon. Jesus F. Celestre, Representative, 1st District of Pangasinan discussed the current drug situation of Alaminos and expressed his high hopes that the program will encourage the participants to become good citizens and continue to fight against drugs.
This seminar was held at Don Leopoldo Sison Auditorium, Alaminos City, Pangasinan on April 8, 2015.
In the recently concluded Orientation Seminar on the Promotion of a Drug-Free Workplace Program held at the BIR Central Office, Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue emphasized the morale issues of the people especially “the ones in denial, making things right even if it is wrong.” She even mentioned the need for a moral compass of communication and to be sensitive to the surroundings.
Ms. Celia C. King, Deputy Commissioner for Human Resource Group, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Central Office, welcomed the participants as well as the Officials of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and Department of Labor and Employment- Occupational Safety and Health Center (DOLE)-OSHC.
Undersecretary Edgar C. Galvante, Permanent Member, DDB, discussed the government efforts in addressing the drug abuse problem together with the five pillars of action of DDB. He even gave an example about the coffee shop in Amsterdam selling latte coffee with methamphetamine as well as the continuous increase in number of drug users in call center groups.
The importance of Drug Dependency Examination and the legal provisions under Department Order 53-03 (Guidelines for The Implementation of a Drug-Free Workplace Policies and Programs for the Private Sector) was explained by Dr. Jeremiah Florante from the DOLE-OSHC. He also mentioned the smuggling of capsules inside the tummy and also stated the different feelings of euphoria when using drugs.
Meanwhile, Atty. Cesar G. Posada, Legal Consultant, DDB, discussed the salient feature of RA 9165 also known as The Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Undersecretary Rommel L. Garcia, Permanent Member, DDB, explained the ill effects of drugs on physical and mental health of individuals.
The Drug-Free Workplace Program was conducted at the BIR Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City held last March 19, 2015 and attended by officers and employees of the Human Resource Group.
In line with the mandate of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) to educate the youth about the ill effects of drugs and to prevent them from abusing it, the Municipality of Bayambang, Pangasinan hosted the Drug Summit for Student Leaders.
This activity was successfully conducted with the cooperation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the local government of Bayambang Pangasinan held last March 5, 2015.
One hundred eighty (180) college students from the said municipality participated on the activity which aimed to intensify initiatives against substance abuse and strengthen and mobilize student organizations/councils/governments.
Hon. Ricardo M. Camacho, Municipal Mayor, welcomed the participants. In his message, he stated, “I wish that you would gain new knowledge and insights from the lectures and use it to influence your schools and communities for the better.”
Mr. Ian Melvin Estoque, Chief of Plans and Operations Division, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Province of Pangasinan, discussed the local and national drug abuse situation. He focused on the current drug situation of the country and initiatives of the law enforcement to control manufacturing, distribution and drug-related crimes.
Government Efforts to Address the Drug Problem was explained by Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, Preventive Education, Training and Information Division, DDB. She also added the different drug abuse prevention programs of the government to eliminate the use and abuse of illegal drugs.
Undersecretary Rommel L. Garcia, Permanent Member, DDB, discussed the medical aspects of drugs, its effects on the persons’ physical and mental health. On the legal side, Atty. Cesar G. Posada, Legal Consultant, DDB, delivered presentation about the salient features of RA 9165, The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act 2002. He also facilitated some questions asked by the students.
“You [youth] are the country’s most precious resource and that the DDB and its partner agencies are responsible to train you to become good citizens and continue to fight against illegal drugs,” PSupt Gregorio L. Galsim, the Officer in Charge and Chief of the Bayambang Police Station, stated in his closing remarks.
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.