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.
This year, the Dangerous Drugs Board is continuing its efforts to hone and train different individuals in order to spread the information about the evil of illegal drugs.
As part of this effort, the DDB together with the local government of Kidapawan City conducted the Training of Trainors on Life Skills Enhancement in Drug Abuse Prevention to fifty (50) participants composed of guidance counselors, teachers and school heads representing public and private high schools and selected colleges in Kidapawan City.
Hon. Joseph A. Evangelista, Mayor, Kidapawan City, delivered the welcome remarks. “The City’s fight against drugs, our demand reduction strategy should also be strengthened. I encourage all of you to give your recommendations after the training as to what to do next so that I can act upon them immediately,” Mayor Evangelista stated.
Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, Preventive Education, Training and Information Division, DDB, discussed the “Training of Master Trainers on Universal Prevention Curricula for Substance Use,” a training program for prevention workers introduced by the Colombo Plan. She also presented UNODC’s International Standards on Drug Use Prevention and discussed the criteria for evidence-based interventions/policies and practices.
The life skills enhancement training was handled by the different staff of DDB who explained all the skills to be used to improve their abilities as trainor. The following life skill modules were introduced: 1) Building self-esteem; 2) Decision-making skills; 3) Facilitation skills; 4) Communication skills; 5) Assertion skills; and 6) Personal skills.
The seminar ended with a message from Councilor Lauro Taynan who assured DDB that Kidapawan City will be fully supportive of the anti-drug abuse prevention initiatives in the schools. He also added, “I urge all of you [participants] to be committed in addressing the drug abuse problem in your respective schools particularly the guidance counselors who are persons in authority to provide proper guidance to the students.”
The training program was conducted at AJ Hi-Time Hotel, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato February 17-18, 2015.
Over six-hundred thirty seven (637) attendees consisting of directors, supervisors, division chiefs and rank & file employees of the Bureau of Internal Revenue have undergone the Seminar on Drug Abuse Prevention in the Workplace as presented by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).
It was held at Revenue District Office No. 54A, Trece Martirez City, Cavite, 23 and 27 February 2015. This activity is a collaborative effort of the two government agencies as mandated by RA 9165 for company policies to include the development of a drug-free workplace program.
Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, Preventive Education, Training and Information Division, DDB discussed the topic, “Drug Abuse in the Workplace”. She talked about the objectives of the drug-free workplace program as well as the characteristics of drug abusers and its effects to productivity. Highlighting on the steps involved in developing a drug and substance abuse prevention program.
Meanwhile, medical aspects of drug abuse were discussed by Dr. Ma. Corazon C. Dumlao, Chief, Health Division, Health & Nutrition Center, Department of Education. She also emphasized the detrimental effects of abusing drugs to the mental and physical health of individuals.
Atty. Cesar G. Posada, Legal Consultant, DDB, discussed the Salient Provisions of R.A. 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and the corresponding penalties.
The Drug-Free Workplace program intends to help government and private agencies to establish a drug-free workplace which will encourage employees to work hard without the influence of illegal drugs.
DDB gives additional 5 M to rehab center in Dagupan
The Dangerous Drugs Board released today an additional 5 Million financial assistance to the recently inaugurated Region I Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City.
On behalf of Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Atty. Farah Marie G. Decano, City Administrator, received the check from DDB Chairman Sec. Antonio A. Villar, Jr.
This is in addition to the 10 Million granted by the Board in 2011 and 5 Million given in 2013 for the construction of the facility.
Funding support for the TRC was sought from the DDB through a resolution passed by the city council in 2011.
Dubbed as “The habitat: A place for change,” the center was formally inaugurated last February 26 by national and local government officials, officials from the Department of Health and the DDB.
Prior to its full operation, the center started accepting outpatient clients in December 2011 and residential patients in July 2014.
At present, the 300-bed facility houses 46 residential patients.
The center is seen to cater not only to patients from Dagupan City but the whole Region I including neighboring provinces like Isabela, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Tarlac and Cordillera.
In a move to provide help and easy access to patients who come from far flung areas, and hospices catering to elderly patients, Board Regulation No. 3 S. 2003 was repealed through Board Regulation No. 1 Series of 2014.
Under this new regulation, government physicians with S2 licenses can now make prescriptions to patients for 24 hours, instead of the previous 8-hour provision.
Salient features of the new Board Regulation include the following:
- easy access to drug medicine prescribed by physicians
- it removed the ceiling regarding the number of medicine to be prescribed.
- the authority of government physicians with s2 licenses to prescribe from office hours is now extended and available for 24 hours.
- some pain medication preparations were exempted in using yellow prescription.
B. Regulations on Exportations, importations of chemicals
- prescribed cut-off levels per chemical which enables automatic exemption to some chemicals.
- new processes were added and all forms were standardized.
- set new guidelines on airline and ship handling of dangerous drugs.
- provision about animals were included, with regards to prescribing medicines by veterinarians.
-it is now clearly categorized per offense basis. e.g.: 1st offense-penalty, 2nd offense-penalty, 3rd offense-penalty.
- all penalties were consolidated repealing previous regulations providing for penalties.
D. Minor Changes:
- nomenclature changes
- defined new terms
- annexes became more detailed and all forms were standardized.
Board Regulation No. 1 series of 2014 was approved by the Dangerous Drugs Board December 2014, and will take effect March 13, 2015. Proceed to the Downloads section for the full text of the new regulation.
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.