In a joint initiative of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Department of Health (DOH), a manual to guide the establishment of community-based treatment and care services for people affected by drug use and dependence was developed and launched on September 18 at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.
Sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which also provided technical support and assistance to the development of the guidance document, the launch was attended by drug abuse prevention workers, treatment and rehabilitation practitioners, social workers and community organizers from all over the country.
The guidance will be of great help in the bid to bring treatment and rehabilitation services more accessible to the public, DDB Executive Director Usec. Jose Marlowe S. Pedregosa said during the launch.
“By bringing treatment and rehabilitation services closer to the people, we are providing them with the means to protect themselves from the harms entailed by drugs,” he said.
The development of the guidance is regarded as an important milestone in the fight against drug abuse as it brings forth the government’s commitment to provide better care and services to the people including recovering drug dependents.
“Aside from assuring them the accessibility and availability of services, we are giving them the hope that drug perpetrators will never defeat us. We are reassuring them that the battle against drugs is continuously won,” Usec. Pedregosa added.
The launch of the guidance document is the first among a series of efforts to establish community-based tertiary prevention facilities. Initially, this will be piloted in three areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
To expose the kids to a variety of positive activities designed to give importance to leading a healthy lifestyle, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), in cooperation with the Department of Education Region IV-A conducted a Campus Tour for Kids in two provinces of the CALABARZON Region.
Some 126 students from Julian Felipe Elementary School and Cavite National High School participated in the said campus tour. They are welcomed by Dr. Roberto D. Doñez, School Principal who expressed his gratitude to DDB for making the said tour possible. “This kind of activity will help you to stay away from the dangers of illegal drugs,” Mr. Doñez stated.
“I want to remind you the importance of being aware of the evils of dangerous drugs. I highly encourage you to stay away from drugs and focus on your studies so that all of your dreams will come to a success,” delivered by Dr. Rosemarie D. Torres, Division Superintendent, District V, Cavite City on his message.
Ms. Liane Angelica M. Kalacas, Information Officer I, Preventive Education, Training and Information Section of the DDB discussed the “8 Different Ways to Say NO to Drugs”. For a better understanding of the topic, she asked the students to make a role play of different scenarios on how to say no to drugs.
Students from Laguna also took part in the Campus tour for Kids which was held last August 19, 2015 at Rosario Complex Elementary School, Brgy. San Vicente, San Pedro, Laguna. A total of 119 elementary students were educated on the 8 ways on how to say “No to Drugs”.
The program started with a Welcome remarks from Mrs. Eleonor Closa, Master Teacher II, Rosario Complex Elementary School. She reminded the students to focus their attention to every lecture and actively participate in the discussions.
Ms. Kalacas, on the other hand, discussed the different ways on how to say “No to Drugs”. She even gave prizes to those students who answered the questions correctly.
The “Campus Tour for Kids” will continue its visit to students all over the country to educate them on the healthy drug-free lifestyle.
The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) sent Public Relation Officer Jessie Tolentino to attend the Reputation Management Seminar which was conducted by Guthrie-Jensen Consultants Inc., a CSC certified training provider.
Tolentino’s participation in the seminar is part of the leveling up of employee competencies as required by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and in conformity with ISO standards.
Ms. Connie Udani, Training Specialist, Guthrie-Jensen, handled the three-day seminar and mini-workshop and discussed the different Phases of Reputation Management.
She showed an example of a typical design of a crisis management plan which is useful for companies or organizations experiencing such problems. According to her, the crisis management plan will help the agency to easily cope with its problems, should some kind of crisis occur.
Ms. Udani also explained the power of social media and how it can build or destroy the reputation of a public or private agency. She urged the participants to be factual and consistent in disseminating information to social media. She also talked about the importance of forming a crisis management team who will be mainly responsible for the safety and security of the organization.
Other participant-agencies include: Philippine Dealing System, Manila Water Company and Alaska Corporation.
The seminar was held at Makati Diamond Residences, Legaspi St., Makati City on July 14-16, 2015.
Some 1,957 students from Pasig City participated in the recent launching of Campus Tour against Drugs.
The campus tour aimed at educating and exposing the kids to a variety of positive ways for them to learn living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.
Ms. Zenaida O. Concepcion, Officer-in-charge, Anti-Drug Abuse Council of Pasig (ADCOP), introduced the programs implemented and efforts of their team to combat dangerous drugs in Pasig City. She also presented the newly constructed holding area for the patients waiting to be rehabilitated.
Ms. Liane Angelica M. Kalacas, Information Officer I, Preventive Education, Training and Information Division, DDB, discussed the “8 Ways to Say NO to Drugs”. Through active participation, role play and recitation the pupils were made to better understand the topic.
Highlight of the tour was the dance presentation of the DDB Mascot – KID Listo. The students enjoyed watching Kid Listo’s presentation and joined him in the dancing activity.
With the aim of coordinating and integrating the overall efforts of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) especially in the field of prosecution and criminal investigation, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Supreme Court of the Philippines (SC) and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) conducted a seminar-workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law in the Bicol Region.
Ninety-four (94) participants from different areas of Region V were gathered to identify problems encountered in prosecuting drug related cases and proposing solutions to the problems.
Undersecretary Jose Marlowe S. Pedregosa, Executive Director, representing Secretary Antonio A. Villar, Jr., Chairman, DDB, gave the welcome message. He thanked the participants for coming over and assured them that their attendance would help them enhance and refresh their knowledge about dangerous drugs law. “I urge all of you to continue fighting the war against drug abuse,” he said. Usec. Pedregosa discussed the government response to the problem of drugs and explained all the programs of DDB towards attaining a drug-resistant and eventually a drug-free Philippines.
Mr. Bryan B. Babang, Director, PDEA Region V, talked about the current national and regional drug situation in the country. He gave updates to the participants on the magnitude of the dangerous drug problem of the country and in Region V.
The topic on Identifying and Assisting Drug Dependents was discussed by Undersecretary Rommel L. Garcia, Permanent Member, DDB. In his lecture, he emphasized on the different treatment modalities and rehabilitation procedures as provided under Section 54 and 61 or RA 9165, after care and follow-up programs for drug dependents, and clarifying issues on voluntary and compulsory confinement for treatment and rehabilitation of drug dependents.
Hon. Elisa R. Sarmiento-Flores, Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court Br. 71, Pasig City, explained the inquest and preliminary investigation procedures to determine probable cause in drug cases.
To help enlighten the participants on RA 9344 (First Time Minor Offender/Suspension of Sentence) in relation to Section 66 of RA 9165 and Salient Features of the Rule on Children, Hon. Philip A. Aguinaldo, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Br. 207, Muntinlupa City was tasked to explain the topic thoroughly.
Hon. Oscar C. Herrera, Jr., Associate Justice of Sandiganbayan, tackled the Rules on Warrant of Arrest, Search and Seizure. He even added in his discussion the various issues on the legalities and requisites of a valid warrant of arrest, search and seizure, applicability of various doctrines, and present jurisprudence.
Hon. Mario V. Lopez, Associate Justice, Court of Appeals, gave a lecture on the legal issues on controlled delivery and buy-bust operations. He also presented an overview and updates on the law emphasizing on Sections 5, 11 and 26 including Supreme Court guidelines of RA 9165 and jurisprudence on drug-related cases.
Justice Lopez ends the program by giving his message. “I personally thank all of you for your participation on this seminar-workshop and I hope that you gain more knowledge and understanding about dangerous drugs law as it relates to your profession,” he stated.
The Seminar-Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcers of the Fifth Judicial Region was held at the Avenue Plaza, Hotel, Naga City from June 30 to July 2, 2015.
The Dangerous Drugs Board, together with the Department of Education, is pleased to present a Storytelling Competition, open to public elementary school students in the National Capital Region.
Aside from enhancing their talent in storytelling, the contest also aims to introduce the concept of drug abuse prevention among the students.
Cash prizes await the winners who will also be invited to perform in various activities of the DDB for children.
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.