Dangerous Drugs Board Chairman and Head of the Philippine Delegation Secretary Catalino S. Cuy delivered the Philippine statement at the ongoing 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria.

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In addressing the plenary session of the Commission, Secretary Cuy emphasized the comprehensive and balanced approach undertaken by the Philippines through its anti-illegal drug strategy.

Putting individuals at the heart of the anti-drug abuse campaign, “the strategy provides an extensive framework for law enforcement and penalties for violations and at the same time adopts a compassionate approach to victims of drug abuse by encouraging voluntary treatment and rehabilitation, under an overarching framework which emphasizes respect for human rights”, Secretary Cuy pointed out.

The well-received statement apprised the international community of the gains achieved so far of the focused anti-illegal drug campaign in the areas of prevention, treatment and law enforcement.

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the leading United Nations agency on drug policies, meets annually to bring together more than 3,000 delegates from governments, international organizations, civil society organization, youth and the scientific community.