Responding to requests of legitimate industries led by Samahan sa Pilipinas ng Industriyang Kemika, the Dangerous Drugs Board has decided to extend the moratorium on the ban of spray paints and glue with toluene concentrations equal to or higher than 0.1% by weight.
A regulation issued by the DDB in 2014 which took effect on March 13, 2015 banned the sale of toluene-based spray paints and glue to the general public. This move was made to address the increasing incidents of abuse of toluene-based inhalants.
However, recognizing the legitimate use of toluene by manufacturers and other industries, the DDB has issued a moratorium on the implementation of this provision. Legitimate users are given a one-year moratorium which ended on March 12, 2016.
Since January, the DDB has been receiving requests for the extension of this moratorium and during its 168th meeting on April 13, 2016, the Board has approved a resolution extending the moratorium until September 30, 2016.
This was after a careful evaluation and recommendation of a Technical Working Group and consideration of the principle that regulations should not hamper the operations of legitimate industries.
During the meeting, Usec. Edgar C. Galvante, DDB Permanent Member, raised the motion to grant the extension. It was seconded by Usec. Alberto T. Muyot, ex-officio member representing the Secretary of the Department of Education. With the members of the Board having no objection, DDB Chairman Sec. Flipe L. Rojas, Jr., granted the motion.
Aside from extending this moratorium, the Board during its meeting has also approved the grant of subsistence allowance for patients in drug treatment and rehabilitation centers in Bataan, Caraga, Argao and Malinao.
As the policy-making and strategy-formulating body on drug prevention and control, the DDB has the power to issue regulations or resolutions that have the effect of a law. These are deliberated during meetings conducted regularly with members of the Board.
The 168th Board Meeting is the first meeting presided by Sec. Rojas, the newly appointed Chairman of the Board.