General Dionisio Santiago, former Executive Director of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and former Director General of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was appointed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the new Chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board.

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He led the flag raising ceremony at the DDB-PDEA office on Monday where he delivered a message before the employees of DDB and PDEA. “It’s nice to be back. I see a lot of familiar faces here. I feel at home,” he stated.

As the Chairman of the DDB, Secretary Santiago will focus on enhancing the drug rehabilitation program of the government. He also plans to revisit RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Repackaging and improvement of preventive education and advocacy programs is also part of his priority.

Santiago also served as a Director of the Bureau of Corrections before he became the Executive Director of DDB. In 2006, he was appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the Director General of PDEA. During his term as PDEA Director General, he implemented major reforms and instituted programs to enhance the capabilities and competencies of its agents and personnel.

His appointment to the DDB was signed by the President last July 05, 2017.

Aside from the Chairman, the President has also appointed a new Deputy Executive Director for Administration to the DDB in the person of Retired Colonel Walter Besas.