As part of its efforts to ensure proper implementation of regulations issued by the Dangerous Drugs Board, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency through an Agency Memorandum Circular has ordered all its Regional Directors to coordinate with Chairpersons of Municipal and City Anti-Drug Abuse Councils for the designation of DDB-Authorized Representatives who perform a big role in the treatment and rehabilitation of drug dependents.
The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165 requires that a court order be issued for the confinement of a drug dependent in a treatment and rehabilitation facility. DDB-Authorized Representatives facilitate the processing and filing of these petitions before the courts.
As provided for in the law, the DDB is authorized to designate health officers, social welfare and development officers, local government and operations officers, school superintendents, and parole and probation officers.
With DDB’s issuance of Board Regulation No. 4, Series of 2016 providing for the guidelines on handling and providing interventions to drug surrenderers, officers from Local Government Units may now be designated as Authorized Representatives.
Chairpersons of local Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADAC) may write the DDB Chairman, Secretary Benjamin P. Reyes, to recommend the designation of an Authorized Representative in their locality who shall then be provided with an orientation and training by the DDB.
This is part of the efforts to make treatment and rehabilitation accessible to those in need of these services. Board Regulation No. 4, Series of 2016 also mandated LGUs to lead in the establishment of community-based treatment and rehabilitation services.