The Office of the President issued Executive Order No. 4 to create an inter-agency task force for the establishment and support of drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers throughout the Philippines. It is part of the continuous efforts of the government in the campaign against illegal drugs. The said EO will ensure that the growing numbers of drug dependents who have voluntarily surrendered to the authorities will be provided with appropriate treatment and rehabilitation services.
One of the functions of the Task Force is to establish the needed drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers and provide support for their operations, with authority to call for assistance of government agencies involve in the said implementation. They are also tasked to issue relevant guidelines for the effective implementation of the EO.
The task force is composed of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the Chairperson; Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) and Chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) as the Vice Chairpersons; and the members are composed of Secretaries from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Director General of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and a Representative from the Office of the President.
Executive Order No. 4 was issued last October 11, 2016 at the Malcañan Palace.
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