The ASEAN Training on Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) formally began its opening ceremony today, June 25, at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.

The Philippines, through the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and ASEAN Training Center for Preventive Drug Education (ATCPDE) hosts the 5-day training-workshop from June 25-29, 2018.

In attendance were ASEAN Member States including delegates from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Brunei and Philippines.

Consisting of 2 curricula and 7 different modules, the UPC serves as a venue for the ASEAN Member States’ prevention coordinators and workers to enhance their capabilities on evidence-based interventions in substance use prevention.

DDB Deputy Executive Director for Operations, Assistant Secretary Maria Belen Angelita V. Matibag, graced the opening ceremonies of the program. In her statement, she expressed her faith in the power of preventive methods and practices to combat drug abuse, “Prevention works, we always remind ourselves. And truly, prevention stands as our greatest weapon against the drug menace. Prevention affords us the chance to shield people from the harm that drug dependency brings.”

The training is projected to design a country plan for the adoption of UPC principles that would intensify efforts to speed up the attainment of ASEAN drug-free nations.

Published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in 2012, the UPC is based on the International Standards on Drug Use Prevention and was developed to meet recent demands for evidence-based practices in the area of substance use prevention.