The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) on Monday recognized the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for the support to drug abuse prevention and control initiatives and other special projects of the agency.
The plaque of recognition was handed by DDB Chairman Dionisio R. Santiago to PCSO General Manager Alexander F. Balutan during the joint flag-raising ceremony of the DDB and PDEA on August 17.
As part of its mandate under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165, PCSO is regularly contributing 10% of the forfeited sweepstakes and lotto prizes to the DDB. This forms part of a special account in the general fund and is mainly used to support the construction, operation and maintenance of Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (TRC).
During the ceremony, PCSO General Manager Balutan also handed a cheque amounting to P20 Million Pesos to the DDB, which served as their regular contribution.
“Everyone and every institution of the government must do its part,” said Balutan.
According to DDB Chairman Santiago, support of institutions like the PCSO is instrumental in the continued campaign of the government against drugs. The DDB is looking into providing financial assistance for the establishment of out-patient facilities and community-based treatment and rehabilitation centers as a commitment in pursuing the priority thrust of the Duterte Administration.