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Recent appointments made by President Rodrigo Duterte brought about changes in the administration of the Dangerous Drugs Board, the country’s policy-making and strategy-formulating body on drug abuse prevention and control.

Former Deputy Executive Director for Operations Earl Saavedra has been named as Executive Director while Maria Belen Angelita Matibag has been appointed as Deputy Executive Director for Operations.

The DDB also welcomed Jose Marlowe Pedregosa, who was appointed as Undersecretary, thereby completing the set of three Permanent Members of the Board.

All three officials took their oath before the DDB Chairman, Secretary Dionisio Santiago, on Thursday, 02 November 2017.

The DDB leadership is grateful for the recent appointments, which will help the agency pursue the anti-illegal drugs agenda of the Duterte Administration.

Meanwhile, Secretary Santiago is also pleased with the way the DDB Family welcomed the changes in the organization. “Everyone is determined to do their part in pursuing the mission of the DDB,” he said. Furthermore, he also hopes that an NGO Representative will be appointed soon, as mandated by Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.