The Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD) was successfully launched on January 5, 2016, at the Elpidio Quirino High School (EQHS), Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila with the initiative of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) to heighten the level of awareness among students on the evils of drug abuse.
Some 107 students from the said school participated in the launching to empower them to be the catalyst within their peer groups in advocating a healthy, drug-free lifestyle thru involvement in various positive wholesome activities.
The programs of the government and its effort to address the drug problem was discussed by Ms. Liane Angelica M. Kalacas, Information Officer I, DDB. She explained the various formulas on how to keep them away from dangerous drugs.
To enlightened the youth about the law on drugs, Atty. Cesar G. Posada discussed the salient features of R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. He focused on Sections 11 and 15 (pertaining to Possession and Use of Dangerous Drugs, respectively) for a better understanding of the punishable acts and its corresponding penalties.
Asec. Benjamin P. Reyes, Deputy Executive Director for Operations, DDB, informed the students of the medical effects of abusing dangerous drugs. In his lecture, he emphasized on the harmful effects of illegal drugs to man’s physical and mental health.
Mr. Arnulfo Empleo, Principal, Elpidio Quirino High School, expressed his gratitude to DDB for choosing their school to launch the new chapter of Barkada Kontra Droga “BKD”.
BKD is a flagship program of DDB for the youth and considered to be an effective peer-based preventive education and information program to counter the dangers and ill effects of drug abuse.
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), with the support of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and in cooperation with the Association of Advocates Against Drugs (A3D) Inc., conducted the National Seminar-Workshop for College Student Leaders on Drug Abuse Prevention Education last December 9-11, 2015 at Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City.
Some 78 student leaders from different universities in the country are gathered to participate on the said seminar-workshop. It aims to strengthen and mobilize student organizations, councils and governments to incorporate and sustain various initiatives relative to drug abuse prevention education.
Dr. Adelaida C. Fronda, President, A3D, delivered the Opening Remarks. She expressed appreciation to the participants as well as their advisers for getting involved in the seminar-workshop. She gave the participants a background of how and why the activity was conceptualized and enumerated the several program runs that were previously conducted.
“You were tapped to be part of the said activity because it clearly specifies in RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 the involvement of student council officers like you in implementing drug abuse prevention education (DAPE) programs as part of your general plans of action. I encourage you to conduct DAPE activities in your respective schools as it will greatly help in increasing awareness on the harmful effects of drugs among your peers,” she added.
Ms. Rowena H. Espiloy, Health Education and Promotion Officer III, DDB, discussed the Government Policies and Programs on Drug Abuse Prevention Education. She explained to the participants the various programs being implemented by the government to address the drug abuse problem under the five pillars of action namely: Drug Demand Reduction, Drug Supply Reduction, Civic Awareness and Response, Alternative Development and Regional and International Cooperation. She also encouraged the student leaders to participate in DDB’s programs for the youth.
The topic on Physical, Psychological and Medical Effects of Drugs was explained by Dr. Susan P. Gregorio, Freelance Medical Consultant. She comprehensively discussed the ill effects of drugs to an individual’s mental, physical and general health.
Highlights of the seminar-workshop were the poster making and essay writing contest with the theme “Kaya Ko ‘To ng Walang Droga.”
President Benigno S. Aquino III has ordered concerned agencies to strengthen the government’s campaign against drugs.
Through Memorandum Circular No. 89 issued on 17 December 2015, the president directed all government offices, departments, bureaus, agencies, offices and government owned or controlled corporations to implement the National Anti-Drug Plan of Action or NADPA.
NADPA outlines the efforts, plans and programs to eradicate the supply and demand for dangerous drugs, strop trafficking, and promote regional and international cooperation in drug prevention and control.
Overall implementation of this plan shall be led by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the national agency on drug prevention and control.
The circular also ordered the implementation of a drug-free workplace program in all government offices and directed the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to ensure implementation of drug-free workplace policy and programs in the private sector.
It also enjoins the participation of non-government, civil society organizations and private institutions through conduct of drug prevention and control programs.
All implementing agencies are further authorized to include necessary funding for the implementation of the NADPA in their respective budgets.
Moreover, government offices are required to formulate and submit implementing and operational plans for the NADPA to the DDB within 60 days after the effectivity of the circular.
In 2014, the DDB spearheaded the formulation of the NADPA through a series of consultation workshops with partner agencies and concerned organizations where a review of the drug situation and evaluation of present strategies were conducted.
(Click to view Memorandum Circular No. 89)
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), in partnership with North Philippine Union Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church conducted a Seminar for Interfaith-Based Organizations to help reduce the demand for drugs amongst the general public through implementation of church-based programs.
Some ninety (90) participants from different faith-based organizations and schools in General Santos City attended the said seminar.
Pastor Enrile Yata, Health Director, Southern Mindanao Mission, gave his welcome remarks and expressed his gratitude to DDB for the conduct of the said activity. “I hope that all of you will gain valuable knowledge and insights during this seminar to further empower the different faith-based organizations to become anti-drug advocates through the provision of basic information about the drug situation and government efforts to address the drug problem,” he stated.
Dr. Cindy Dollente-Ang, Vice President and Executive Director, PHILCADSA, stressed on the importance of drug abuse awareness and prevention for faith-based organizations and the significant role of religion in the family as the basic unit of society.
Government efforts to address the drug problem in the country was discussed by Usec. Edgar C. Galvante, Permanent Member, DDB. He focused on the different programs of DDB directed towards drug abuse prevention and control and some of the policies of the government on drug matters.
Atty. Marife Alegre, PDEA Regional 12, explained the salient features of RA 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. In her discussion, she covered the history of drug use, the politics behind it and the violations to be incurred with corresponding penalties.
Ms. Salve Goleta, Consultant, Heart Foundation, Inc., talked on the Psycho-social Aspects of Drug Abuse and its Implications. She described the characteristics common to drug dependents and the methods and best strategies to help bring them back to the mainstream of society.
Rev. Ephraim V. Guerrero, Vice President, Interfaith Council on Drug Abuse Prevention (ICDAP) and Administrative Pastor, Pasig Capitol Community Church, talked about the Role of Faith-based Organizations on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control. He enumerated ways to make their campaign more effective and accessible.
Highlight of the activity was the conduct of a mass prayer from different religious sectors seeking guidance for the implementation of policies against illegal drugs, and strength as anti-drug advocates.
The said seminar was conducted October 28-29, 2015 at Pinobretel Suites, Tiongson St., Lagao, General Santos City.
Some sixty (60) participants attended the Seminar-Workshop on Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) held at Riverview Resort and Conference Center, National Highway, Barangay Parian, Calamba City, Laguna.
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), with the help of the local government of Calamba City, Laguna conducted the said seminar-workshop to demonstrate and appreciate the roles of parents on drug abuse prevention and control. This program will help the parents in finding ways to improve the relationship with their children and to detect and refer drug dependents for appropriate care.
Ms. Zenaida O. Concepcion, OIC, Anti - Drug Abuse Council of Pasig (ADCOP), acknowledged all the guests and participants in her welcome remarks. She expressed profound gratitude to DDB for the technical assistance extended to implement a worthy undertaking and making this activity possible.
Ms. Nelia L. Fiecas, Health Education and Promotion Officer ll, DDB, discussed the Government Efforts to Address the Drug Problem. Highlighted were the Five (5) Pillars of Action, namely, the Drug Supply Reduction, Drug Demand Reduction, Alternative Development, Civic Awareness and Response and Regional and International Cooperation. Programs of DDB was derived from the said pillars.
Workshop on Discovering Oneself as Parent was conducted and facilitated by Ms. Remedios C. Guerrero, former Supervising Health Program Officer, Department of Health (DOH). The interests, talents, values and goals set by the family members were explored and discussed. “It is very important to identify parents’ as well as children’s strong and weak points to enhance your positive attitudes which are significant in building Self-Esteem,” she stated.
The topic on Family as an Institution was handled by Atty. Cesar G. Posada, Legal Consultant, DDB. He cited some provisions of the Family Code. He emphasized parental authority which is the right of parents to impose discipline, develop the moral, mental, physical character and the total well-being of children.
Ms. Fiecas discussed the role of Parents on Drug Abuse Prevention and Intervention. “You have both preventive and protective roles to perform. Family members are always part of the treatment process. You have corresponding roles to play in the treatment and rehabilitation of drug dependents,” she stated.
To all concerned clients and stakeholders:
The Legal Division of the Dangerous Drugs Board receives numerous requests for Certificate of No Controlled Chemicals and Certificate of Exemption. In a bid to efficiently process and proficiently evaluate all these requests, we will be implementing a schedule for the submission of applications and walk-in inquiries.
Starting on 20 July 2015 (Monday), submission of applicants and walk-in inquiries shall be accommodated by our personnel from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on regular office days. This will allow us to process applications thereafter.
We are hoping for your understanding and cooperation.
Dangerous Drugs Board
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.
Please enclose a SELF - ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE if you wish to have your certification / exemption mailed to your company through registered mail only. Please ensure that you have placed the proper amount of stamps in a legal - size envelope in order to have the certification / exemption delivered through registerd mail.
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