In the third week of November, the whole country will celebrate the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control or DAPC Week.

The Dangerous Drugs Board, as the country’s policy-making and strategy-formulating body on drug prevention and control, will spearhead the celebration from 13-18 November 2016.

The kick-off program will be held on November 14 at the Cuneta Astrodome. It is co-hosted by the local government of Pasay City and the Inter-Faith Based Council on Drug Prevention and Control. Highlighting the ceremony is the launching of Board Regulations Nos. 3 and 4 or the policies on managing voluntary surrender of people involved in illegal drug activities.

These regulations do not only provide for the standards or guidelines on handling surrenderers but also ensure that appropriate interventions will be accorded to them. Part of the regulation which aims to increase access to drug treatment and rehabilitation is the establishment of community-based treatment and care services that are mandated to be led by Local Government Units (LGUs) through their respective Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs).

For the whole week, LGUs, ADACs, Non-Government Organizations, government agencies, and other groups are expected to initiate activities or take part in programs that will promote the anti-drug advocacy.

Culminating the celebration is the DDB Anniversary and Recognition Rites on November 18 at Tanghalang Pasigueño, Pasig City. Individuals, groups and organizations who have been instrumental in the anti-drug fight will be honored during the occasion.

The DAPC Week is celebrated every third week of November pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 124, dated November 26, 2001.