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asean1To address the needs of community leaders and officials who are involved in drug prevention efforts, the Philippines, through the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), hosted a Seminar-Workshop on Community-Based Prevention on Drug Abuse last September 2- 6, 2013 at Luxent Hotel, Timog Ave., Quezon City. The event was attended by ASEAN member countries composed of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The participants were warmly welcomed by Dr. Rosario I. Alonzo, Dean of UP College of Education. “I hope that this seminar-workshop would enable you to craft responsive community-based programs geared towards the prevention of drug abuse prevention in your own home countries,” Dr. Alonso stated.

Undersecretary Edgar C. Galvante, DDB Permanent Board Member, represented DDB Chairman, Secretary  Antonio A. Villar Jr. and gave the chairman’s message which centered on the international commitment to the anti-drug advocacy. “I have faith in the capacities of the community members in furthering the advocacy against drug abuse. I’m looking forward for the initiative to enhance your knowledge and inspire you more to contribute to your own nation’s anti-drug abuse campaigns,” Sec. Villar said in the message read on his behalf by Usec. Galvante.

Atty. Maria Teresa N. Ortiz, Legal Officer from the UNODC, discussed the Drug Problem Scenario in the ASEAN region.  Aside from the global drug abuse and trafficking trends, she presented statistics and analysis of trends on the abuse of psychoactive substances and poppy cultivation in Asia’s Golden Triangle, and Amphetamine-Type Stimulants’ (ATS) abuse, trafficking routes and seizures.

Speakers from countries in ASEAN region shared their different approaches on drug abuse prevention involving the communities.

asean2Meanwhile, in his closing remarks, Undersecretary Jose Marlowe S. Pedregosa, Executive Director, DDB, reiterated the Board’s commitment, as the country’s focal agency on drug abuse prevention and control, to remain one with ASEAN’s vision of a drug-free region.

Highlight of the event is a city tour in Marikina City, which showcased the historical landmarks of the city.