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The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the government’s lead agency on drug prevention and control, spearheads this year’s national celebration of the globally-held International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) on June 26.

The local government of Naga City and the NGO, Center for Christian Recovery, co-hosted this year’s celebration highlighted by the 1st Recovery Summit and ‘Fambam’ Activity in Naga City participated by treatment and rehabilitation patients and recovering drug dependents from the Bicol Region.

Anchored on the UN-prescribed theme, “Listen First: Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe,” the DDB promotes the development of a strong bond in the family built through parents listening to the children and showing them care.

“This strong bond will protect our children from risky and harmful behaviors including drug use,” DDB Chairman Sec. Felipe L. Rojas, Jr., said.

Sec. Rojas also stressed the importance of a balanced and comprehensive approach to the drug problem. This means employing both supply and demand reduction programs. “Drug supply is the offense we have against drugs, and drug demand stands as our defense,” he said.

Through the IDADAIT celebration, the DDB hopes to encourage more individuals to become anti-drug advocates.

Every 26th of June, IDADAIT is being observed simultaneously in all member countries of the United Nations as per resolution signed during the UN General Assembly on December 07, 1987 and by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 264 dated June 1, 1988.