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DDB Statement on the latest remarks of Vice President Robredo

The Dangerous Drugs Board is saddened by the remarks of Vice President Leni Robredo citing that the anti-drug campaign must be stopped and referring to it as a failure.

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DDB Executive Director elected as chair of the Heads of Drug Law Enforcement Agencies for Asia and the Pacific meeting

The Dangerous Drugs Board is pleased to announce the election of Undersecretary Earl Saavedra as Chair of the Heads of Drug Law Enforcement Agencies for Asia and the Pacific (HONLEA) during its 43rd Session in Bangkok, Thailand.

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DDB welcomes additional budget for support to treatment and rehabilitation

The Dangerous Drugs Board expressed its gratitude to the House of Representatives for the additional P240 million budget for the establishment of community based treatment and rehabilitation facilities all over the country. This was included in House Bill 4228 or General Appropriations Act of 2020.

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DDB vows to support the implementation of recommendations presented during the nat’l drugs summit

The Dangerous Drugs Board, in partnership with the Supreme Court and Philippine Judicial Academy convened representatives of the executive, legislative and the judiciary for a National Summit on Dangerous Drugs Law last Thursday, October 3, at the Manila Hotel.

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DDB Lauds Filipino’s Support for the Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) welcomes the latest SWS Survey showing an 82% satisfaction rate on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs in the country.

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DOST joins DDB, other government agencies in the implementation of PADS

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) led the institutionalization of the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Orientation-Workshop for DOST Central Office, Regional Offices, and Attached Agencies.

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PHILIPPINES TO ASSUME AS CHAIR OF THE TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION CLUSTER OF THE ASEAN SENIOR OFFICIALS ON DRUG MATTERS

In Photo: The Philippines officially accepts the chairmanship of the Treatment and Rehabilitation Cluster of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters from Director General Dato’ Sri Zulkifli Bin Abdullah of the National Anti-Drugs Agency of Malaysia.

Senior officials from the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are in Siem Reap, Cambodia for the 40th Meeting of ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters (ASOD). The annual high-level discussion provides a platform for significant international and regional cooperation highlighting important aspects of the ASEAN Work Plan in Securing Communities Against Illicit Drugs. Concerns range from Law Enforcement, Preventive Education, Alternative Development, Treatment and Rehabilitation to Research.

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DDB convenes SK Federation Presidents in General Santos City

After the passage of the SK Reform Law, the Dangerous Drugs Board puts premium to drug abuse prevention education as a way of strengthening the commitment of the Sangguniang Kabataan in President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

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DDB Statement on the adoption of Iceland’s Resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) expresses its dismay at the ill-informed action of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to proceed with its preliminary investigation on the violations which have purportedly been committed by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines in the course of its campaign against illegal drugs.

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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.

2008 National Household Survey on the Nature and Extent of Drug Abuse in the Philippines

This study was conducted to determine the current nature and extent of drug abuse in the Philippines.

Results of the survey show a decrease in the number of the drug-using population; the most is 1.7 million; far below the 6.7 million estimated in 2004.

The steep decline may be attributed to the intensified operations of the PDEA, PNPAIDSOTF, NBI, Bureau of Customs, other law enforcement agencies in arresting drug traffickers, and dismantling clandestine laboratories and chemical warehouses and continued drug demand reduction programs led by the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Click here to view the 2008 National Household Survey report

Perception of Metro Manila Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairmen on the Extent of the Drug Abuse Problem in Metro Manila

The study was conducted to determine the level of awareness of SK Chairmen on the extent of the drug abuse problem in their localities and in Metro Manila. They were asked during a lecture forum on their perceived number of users and pushers, drugs commonly abused, and presence of clandestine laboratories, programs being implemented and government agencies implementing such programs in their barangay and cities/municipalities.

Findings:

    • Of the total number of SK Chairmen in Metro Manila (1,684), 738 or 44% attended the lecture forum and were included as respondents of the study. The mean age is 16 years old, ratio of male to female is 1:1. Most of them are in high school.
    • Of the total number of SK respondents, 80% perceived that there is a drug problem in their respective barangays; 92% in their city/municipality; and 86% in other cities/municipalities in Metro Manila.
    • In terms of the respondents’ level of awareness of the drug problem in their locality, the obtained mean score of 2.10 indicated a ‘fairly aware’ rating. Of the total SK respondents, 81% are ‘fairly aware’ of the prevailing drug abuse problem in their localities and in Metro Manila.
    • The respondents rated the extent of the drug problem in their barangay as ‘moderately a problem’ and perceived it as ‘a serious problem’ both in their city/municipality and in Metro Manila.

Recommendations:

    • The findings reflected only the perception and not the actual drug abuse situation in the barangays, cities and municipalities of the 44% of the 1,684 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairmen of Metro Manila. To validate the findings of the study, conduct of a household survey in Metro Manila is recommended.
    • Sangguniang Kabataan Chairmen, along with other elected SK officials, are among the government’s valuable partner in implementing drug abuse prevention program for the youth. Hence, it is strongly recommended that leadership trainings, seminars on drug abuse prevention be provided to equip them with the necessary skills to be effective role models and advocates for the youth in their respective barangays, cities and municipalities.

Click here to view the Sangguniang Kabataan report

Mapping of Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers in the Philippines

This is an effort to identify and map out programs, services, modalities, clients, staffing patterns and resources and accessibility of drug treatment and rehabilitation centers in the Philippines.

An Exploratory Study on Drug Abuse among Call Center Agents in Metro Manila

Set in Metro Manila, this exploratory study aims to provide baseline information on the nature, characteristics and patterns of drug use among call center agents working in selected companies.

Respondents, purposively chosen, are call center agents in selected call centers in Metro Manila with and without experience in taking drugs. Twenty –six call center agents doing the night shift between 6 in the evening to 3 in the morning of the following day were interviewed. A Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was also conducted with call center coaches and supervisors to gather other pertinent information.

Based on the findings, it was concluded that drug use is common among call center agents. However, most of those who have tried drugs and were using it before their employment at the call centers have stopped for fear of losing their jobs or being caught.

There are some call center agents who are on drugs but compared to other professions, they are less in number. Strict measures in security implemented by the different call centers may have largely contributed to the prevention of drug use inside the call centers.

It was recommended that even if the number of drug users among call center agents is low, a drug prevention program must still be implemented. The deployment of law enforcement agents around call center companies should be made to ensure drug-free workplaces. Regular drug abuse seminars should also be conducted to remind agents of the dangers of drug abuse.

Follow-up Study on Nalbuphine Hydrochloride Abuse in the Philippines

This is a follow-up of a similar study conducted in 2005. This was undertaken to determine the incidence of Nalbuphine Hydrocholoride abuse in the country and serve as basis for policy formulation. Both the qualitative and quantitative research tools were employed in the study utilizing documentary analysis, key informant approach and focus group discussions (FGDs) with the target respondents.

Data gathering activities were undertaken in Cebu City and Zamboanga City.

Click here to view the Follow-up Study on Nalbuphine Hydrochloride

National Household Survey in the High-Risk regions of the Country

The survey determined the nature and extent of drug abuse in selected high-risk regions of the Philippines namely, the National Capital Region (NCR), Region 3, 4 and 7. Identification of drug affected barangays was undertaken in coordination with law enforcement agencies while data gathering activities were done in collaboration with the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the survey regions/areas.

A total of 12,431 persons belonging to the 10-44 age bracket representing 4, 144
households served as respondents of the survey.

Results revealed high risk groups to be workers, students, self employed, and out-ofschool youth.

A Study on the Quantity of Shabu Consumption of Selected Clients in Four (4) Selected Government Residential Centers in the Philippines

This study determined the quantity or amount of Shabu being consumed by regular users prior to their admission to the rehabilitation centers. Specifically, it ascertained the amount or quantity of Shabu consumed by selected regular users in four (4) selected government rehabilitation centers – CUREDD in Bicutan, Taguig and Cebu, the NBI TRC in Tagaytay and the Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center (CLDRC) in Magalang, Pampanga. Respondents were asked on their frequency of use per month; usual or regular quantity consumed per month in grams, and the average amount of shabu consumed per month in grams.

A total of 2,179 regular users of Shabu confined in the study sites served as respondents. Asked on the frequency of drug use, 46.9% of the respondents admitted to have used Shabu 3 to 5 times a week, 30.1% daily and 14% used it 2 to 5 times a week.

As for the quantity of Shabu consumed per month in grams, 41.4% of the total respondents admitted to have consumed 4 grams or less of shabu per month and 23.2% from 5 to 9 grams.

Results further revealed that the minimum quantity consumed in grams per month is .3 grams as admitted by 3% of the respondents while the maximum consumption per month is 105 grams, as consumed by 0.1% of the respondents. The usual amount consumed per month was 4 grams and the average was 8.5 grams.

It was recommended that drug abuse prevention workers be encouraged to focus their efforts not only on the prevention of new cases but also on the formulation and development of programs/projects geared towards relapse prevention.