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Statement of the DDB on the change of leadership in the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

The Dangerous Drugs Board welcomes the assumption of new PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva after Malacañang released his appointment signed last 22 May 2020. Incoming DG Villanueva has been a steadfast partner of DDB even during his early years as career officer of PDEA. DDB has involved him in many of its anti-drug efforts particularly in policy formulation and strategy development aspects which helped craft many of its inter-agency priorities all these years. Recognizing him as the 7th Director-General of PDEA, DDB intends to engage more closely and deepen the collaboration with his leadership noting that he will become an Ex-Officio Member of the Board.

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DDB Eases the Use of Prescription Forms for Dangerous Drugs

The Dangerous Drugs Board now allows the use of ordinary prescription for medical preparations containing dangerous drugs.

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DDB advocates for the use of electronic prescription for dangerous drugs medication

The Dangerous Drugs Board appeals to doctors, pharmacists, and drug store personnel to consider the use of electronic prescription for medicines included in the list of dangerous drugs as the whole country is under a State of Calamity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DDB, SDA Church hold program to update health directors on the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) and board regulations

The Dangerous Drugs Board, in collaboration with the Southern Asia-Pacific Division of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, convenes Luzon-based health directors of the religious group to update them on the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) and relevant DDB regulations.

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DDB clarifies: CBD is not cannabis per se

The Dangerous Drugs Board would like to clarify that marijuana use remains illegal in the country for both recreational and medical use. The use of Cannabidiol, however, is being considered to be allowed for treatment of certain rare forms of epilepsy like Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet Syndrome.

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DDB, DOST-FNRI launch dietary manuals for Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUDs)

The Dangerous Drugs Board and the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute, officially launch three dietary manuals to be used in Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (TRCs) in the Philippines.

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DDB, DOST-FNRI to launch dietary manuals for Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUDs)

The Dangerous Drugs Board and the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute, will officially launch three dietary manuals to be used in Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (TRCs) in the Philippines.

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PRRD reappoints Cuy as Chairperson of DDB

Secretary Catalino S. Cuy was given a fresh mandate as the Chairperson of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

This was confirmed after President Rodrigo Duterte signed his reappointment papers on 21 January 2020. Secretary Cuy was first appointed at the DDB in January 2018 serving the remainder of the term of his predecessor.

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DDB’s response to the recommendations of the Vice President on the campaign against illegal drugs

The Dangerous Drugs Board notes the recommendations of Vice President Leni Robredo on the anti-drug campaign. The agency keeps in mind the ultimate goal of establishing drug-free communities as a serious commitment of the Duterte Administration.

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An Assessment on Marijuana Cultivation Sites in Selected Areas in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Region VII and Region X

This study is an offshoot of the alternative development plan of the Dangerous Drugs Board. Efforts to conduct an assessment study on marijuana was undertaken to determine the reasons for its cultivation and come up with sustainable livelihood alternatives for those who engaged in such illicit activity.

This was conducted in selected areas in three (3) regions representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  These are the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region 7, and Region 10.  Respondents were limited to inmates confined in city/municipality or provincial jails in selected regions charged for violation of Section 16 of R.A. 9165 and key informants from government agencies in the studied areas like the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, local government officials such as mayors, governors, local police and some residents (key informants) from barangays where marijuana cultivation sites were reported to exist.

The primary reason for the continued marijuana cultivation in the studied areas, despite the intensive eradication activities is poverty.  It is recommended that the identified alternative livelihood in the study areas be given attention and consideration of the DDB Alternative Development Committee.

Based on the findings of the study, marijuana cultivation sites were identified to be in the far flung mountain barangays, hence, advocacy campaign against marijuana cultivation should be intensified especially in these areas. It is recommended that these activities be integrated in the barangay meetings, farmers association or cooperative assemblies, and in the local peace and order council meetings.

Addressing the marijuana cultivation problem involve not only the national government but the local government as well, hence, local government units in the identified regions with marijuana cultivation should be encouraged to allocate portion of their countryside development funds to alternative development programs.  These include farming of alternative crops and engaging in livelihood programs; support to advocacy programs, conduct of eradication activities, and, orientations and trainings for local police and barangay officials assigned in the peace and order councils in the identified barangays.