The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the country’s lead agency on drug abuse prevention and control, spearheads the celebration of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control or DAPC Week from November 12-16, 2018.

Kicking off the celebration was a sectoral parade and street dance competition co-hosted by the Municipality of Lucban, Quezon.

Bearing the theme, “Listen First: Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe,” the week-long celebration aims to promote health and wellness and encourage public cooperation in the anti-drug fight.

DDB Chairman, Secretary Catalino S. Cuy, during the kick off program highlighted several feats achieved in the anti-drug campaign. This includes the issuance of the Executive Order institutionalizing the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy or PADS.

“As the whole country observed the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week this November, every Filipino, who believes in the cause of fighting the drug menace, is reminded of the successes we have gained in the anti-drug campaign,” he said.

He cited the EO on PADS as “a positive development and a leap towards attaining the vision of having drug-free communities by 2022.”

During the program, cities and municipalities that have exhibited unwavering commitment and support to the anti-drug campaign were also recognized. Among the awardees was the municipality of Lucban, Quezon. Mayor Celso Olivier T. Dator received the award and also thanked the DDB for the opportunity to host the national celebration of the DAPC Week.

Other awardees were the Local Governments of Dingalan in Aurora, Pasig City, Muntinlupa City, Pasay City, Koronadal in South Cotabato, Quezon City, San Juan City, Compostela Valley, Kidapawan, and Tanay and Angono, Rizal.

Community-based Rehabilitation Programs by Ako ang Saklay, Inc. in Nueva Ecija, Ifugao Reflection Camp in Benguet, Tarlac Recovery Clinic, and Christ’s Commission Fellowship were also recognized.

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 124, the National Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week is celebrated every second or third week of November to promote public awareness against the evil effects of illegal drug use as well as encourage public cooperation in the government’s anti-drug campaign.

46 Years of Dedicated Service

The DDB will also commemorate its Founding Anniversary this week. Aside from the PADS Executive Order, DDB officials and employees also celebrate the agency’s conferment of an ISO Certification.

Following a rigorous audit by the TUV Rheinland, the DDB was awarded with an ISO 9001:2015 certification. Chairman Cuy said that the certification confirms DDB’s “commitment to ensuring highest standards of governance and the delivery of quality services to its stakeholders.”

ISO Certification is an accreditation conducted by external certification bodies to ensure that an organization performs its processes pegged on international quality standards.