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To integrate and coordinate efforts of the criminal justice system in the prosecution and criminal investigation of drug-related cases, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in collaboration with the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJa) convened judges, prosecutors and law enforcers from Region IV in a seminar-workshop on RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Held on May 17-20 at Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City, the seminar-workshop aimed to update the participants on the list of dangerous drugs and controlled chemicals and to apprise them of RA 9165 provisions and other DDB regulations.

The event likewise served as a forum to identify problems encountered in prosecuting drug-related cases, enhance knowledge on handling drug evidence, and share well-tested trial techniques backed by new procedures and latest jurisprudence.

DDB Chairman Sec. Felipe L. Rojas, Jr., led the opening ceremonies and expressed his joy over the support and participation of the criminal justice pillars.

The seminar, according to Sec. Rojas, shows the intensified effort of the government against illegal drugs. “Our assembly today signifies that we are not letting down on our fight against drugs, nor are we cutting lose our reign on programs that counter this menace,” Sec. Rojas said.