The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), in cooperation with BKD Bacolod City Chapter, has successfully conducted the Barkada Kontra Droga Launching Seminar and the Training of Trainors on Life Skills Enhancement in Drug Abuse Prevention. It was held at the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos (UNO-R), Bacolod City on June 18-19, 2015.
With the aim to promote DDB’s flagship program and at the same time heighten the level of awareness of the youth on the evils of drug abuse, fifty six (56) high school and college student leaders from Bacolod City participated in the activity.
Mr. Israel P. Salanga, BKD President, BKD Bacolod City Chapter, welcomed all the guests and participants. “You are very fortunate to have been given this chance by DDB to be trained and to become future trainers as well so you should take into heart all the learnings that you will gain from the same and apply it in the conduct of your future trainings,” Mr. Salanga stated.
Ms. Liane Angelica M. Kalacas, Information Officer I, DDB, explained the Government Efforts to Address the Drug Problem. She discussed the different programs being undertaken by the government to address the drug abuse problem in the country.
The Medical Aspect of Drug Abuse was discussed by Asec. Benjamin P. Reyes, DDB’s Deputy Executive Director for Operations. He provided the participants a general idea on how addiction happens and what occurs in the mind and body of drug abusers. “It is important for you to identify the signs and symptoms of drug abuse and drug dependency so that you can help victims of drug abuse to get the appropriate treatment,” he stressed.
“Addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease making it difficult for drug dependents to totally stop the habit, thus, you should be firm in refusing drug offers so as not to be lured in using them,” Asec. Reyes added.
Atty. Philip Josef T. Vera Cruz, Chief, Legal Affairs Division, DDB, talked about Salient Features of R.A. 9165 also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. He cited relevant situations pertinent to the provisions that were earlier discussed.
Highlight of the activity was the training for trainors on the different life skills as discussed and demonstrated by the staff of the Preventive Education, Training and Information Division (PETID).
The Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Secretariat organized the 10th Coordinating Conference on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) primarily to consult and incorporate sectoral perspectives on the draft ASCC Attendant Document for the ASEAN 2025 Vision and exchange views on cross-sectoral and cross-cutting matters pertinent to the ASCC. It was held last May 20-21, 2015 at the ASEAN Hall, 704 Jalan Sisingamangaraja, Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Philippine delegates were composed of officials from different government agencies including the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) represented by Usec. Jose Marlowe S. Pedregosa, Executive Director, DDB.
H.E. Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASCC, welcomed the delegates and emphasized the significance of the launching of the ASEAN Community at the forthcoming 27th ASEAN Summit in November 2015.
During the session, the status of the implementation of the ASCC Blueprint 2009-2015 was discussed and reported to the member countries and concluded that out of the 339 Action Lines, 10 Action Lines were completed, 328 Action Lines are on-going and 1 Action Line is still pending. The said pending action line is about the establishment of an ASEAN Youth Development Index which aims to evaluate the outcomes and effectiveness of youth programmes in the region and assist Member States in planning new youth interventions.
The ASCC Scorecard System Review has also been explained. According to the discussion, ASCC was accountable for the overall implementation, monitoring and assessment of the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint, the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint, and the IAI Work Plan 2 that constitute the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community.
It was also reported that the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) was in the process of developing a set of economic and socio-cultural development indicators which will guide data collection and data analysis that will commence in 2016. The findings of the said development indicators will be presented in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the ASEAN.
The delegates were briefed on the progress of the development of the draft ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and Integral Document as well as consolidating of the Vision and Attendant Documents of the three (3) community pillars into an integral, coherent and consistent ASEAN Community’s Post-2015 document.
On the other hand, ERIA happily informed the representatives of 10 countries in Southeast Asia of the reduction of poverty and poverty gap, followed by the growth of middle class and the economic and socio-cultural progress made by different measures and strengthened commitments in ASEAN.
Highlight of the activity was the workshop wherein the delegates were divided into groups to discuss and exchange views on the draft ASCC Attendant Document guided by questions concerning its structure and format. Each group was given time to explain the results of their group discussion.
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) conducted the Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD) Youth Camp last May 12-14, 2015 at the Riverview Resort and Conference Center, Calamba Laguna.
With the aim to develop a new generation of young leaders with a strong sense of civic responsibility and commitment, eighty (80) youth from different cities and municipalities of Metro Manila participated in the said youth camp. The program also helped the young leaders to enhance and introduce strategies in becoming an effective leader among the youth.
Asec. Benjamin P. Reyes, Deputy Executive Director for Operations, DDB, warmly acknowledged all the participants and reminded them to enjoy the training and activities. “I would like to thank all of you for joining DDB in the fight against illegal drugs,” Asec. Reyes stated.
The program started with an orientation from Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, Preventive Education, Training and Information Division, DDB. She explained the project description and objectives of the activity. She added in her discussion the creation of ground rules as well as the groupings of the participants.
Ms. Liane Angelica M. Kalacas, Information Officer I, DDB, discussed the government efforts to address the drug problem. She also explained the different preventive education programs for the youth.
Different modules were introduced to the participants. Ms. Edna A. Villavicencio, Training Specialist III, DDB, taught them about the Risk and Protective Factors for the Youth. On the other hand, Ms. Lalaine F. Divina, Training Specialist II, DDB, discussed the topic on self-awareness. The participants were given ample time to draw a symbol which will characterize themselves. Afterwards, a few of them were chosen to explain their work. The module about resistance skills was explained by Ms. Ella Marie Dimaculangan, Public Relations Officer I, DDB. Part of this topic was the creation of different punch lines that will show how they will attract and resist illegal drug use.
The participants were also taught different survival techniques, team building exercises and water safety precautions. Highlights of the youth camp were the yell, song and skit competition wherein participants showed their skills, talents and creativity.
To know, understand and appreciate the effects of migration on children of OFWs, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in partnership with the Association of Advocates Against Drugs (A3D), Inc., conducted a forum on “Understanding Issues and Concerns of Children of OFWs”.
82 Guidance Counselors and Disciplinary Officers from different schools in Metro Manila participated in the said forum conducted last May 20, 2015 at the Institute of Arts and Sciences (IAS) Conference Room, Far Eastern University (FEU), Manila.
In his welcome message, Asec. Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, DDB, expressed his gratitude to the Association of Advocates Against Drugs (A3D), Inc. for its initiative to conduct a forum to further understand the issues and concerns of children of OFWs.
“Drug abuse prevention education is something that we have to be on alert about. We have heard and seen in the news quite a lot of incidents from neighboring countries which are drug related highlighting drug smuggling and drug mules. This is something that we need to control, not only for the reputation and international relations of our country, but also for the safety of the Filipino citizens who are directly and indirectly affected by these incidents,” Asec. Pabustan stated.
“We are lucky that our government sustains program of this nature, so that each sector will benefit from the insights, shared experiences and best practices that are applicable in our own families and in our communities as well. We will soon achieve our goal of a drug-free and eventually a drug resistant country,” he added.
The Universal Prevention Curricula (UPC) funded by International Narcotics Law was discussed by Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, Preventive Education, Training and Information Division (PETID) DDB. According to her discussion, the implementation of effective prevention programs is a potential powerful tool to lower the prevalence of substance use and delay the onset of substance use. “The UPC is for Prevention Specialists who work in prevention programmes is more of a “hands-on” skills-oriented curriculum, which prepares you to deliver interventions directly to the target audience. It will also prepare you to be ready to receive as well as implement training on specific evidence-based intervention,” she stated.
Dr. Tomas V. Octavio, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer IV, and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) explained the programs and services of OWWA for the welfare of the migrant workers. On the other hand, Mr. Marco Antholin T. Santos, Labor and Employment Officer III/Reintegration Officer, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Department of Labor and Employment, NCR informed the participants the Journey of the OFWs and their Children.
The drug situation in the country was discussed by Ms Restie R. Lamorena, Intelligence analyst, PDEA.
Highlight of the forum was the workshop where participants were divided among groups to identify issues and concerns of children of OFWs.
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.
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.