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The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) welcomes the President’s recent memorandum directing the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to be the lead agency in the conduct of anti-drug operations.

This directive is in accordance with the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165 which mandates PDEA to enforce the provisions of the law and serve as the implementing arm of the DDB particularly in the conduct of supply reduction measures.

In this regard, the DDB will help in lobbying for additional support from Congress to reinforce PDEA’s manpower and capabilities. The DDB will also ensure that policies needed to improve the capacity of the PDEA are in place.

The public can also be assured that drug prevention and advocacy programs will continuously be strengthened to complement the supply reduction strategy and bring forth a comprehensive, balanced and holistic approach to the drug problem.

Secretary DIONISIO R. SANTIAGO
Chairman, Dangerous Drugs Board