The Philippines, through the Dangerous Drugs Board and the local government of Compostela Valley spearheaded the celebration of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) 2018 on June 26 at the Provincial Capitol, Barangay Cabidianan, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) selects the theme for the International Day and launches campaigns to raise awareness about the global drug problem.  This year’s theme is “LISTEN FIRST - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe”.

Present during the opening ceremony are Hon. Michael S. Klecheski, Deputy Chief of Mission of US Embassy, Secretary Catalino S. Cuy, Chairman of DDB, Undersecretary Benjamin P. Reyes, Permanent Member of DDB, Assistant Secretary Walter P. Besas, Officer in Charge of the Office of the Executive Director of DDB, Hon. Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, Governor of Compostella Valley and Hon. Manuel E. Zamora, Vice Governor of Compostella Valley.

In his message, DDB Chairman Secretary Catalino S. Cuy expressed his gratitude to the local government of Compostela Valley for hosting the international event. He also commended the province for the continuous support in the government’s fight against illegal drugs.

Sec. Cuy pointed out the role of every Filipino in the campaign against drugs and urged everyone to help the government in this battle. “Every Filipino must understand that defeating drug dependency would mean enabling others to avoid the use of drugs and empowering many to shun the temptation of pushing drugs in exchange for money.”

“We can all be victims of drugs. So we need to stand up and fight. Not only our lives are in danger, but also the lives of the future generation. We can do a lot in shaping this society and turning it into a world free from drugs,” he added.

The celebration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) is pursuant to the United Nations declaration dated 7 December 1987 and Presidential Proclamation No. 264. This event is being observed simultaneously by all U.N. - Member Countries.