The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) attended the Project Ion Incident Communication System (IONICS) and Precursors Incident System (PICS) workshop, last 17-18 January 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The DDB was represented by Deputy Executive Director for Operations, Assistant Secretary Maria Belen Angelita V. Matibag, and Ms. Maribel T. Felix, Pharmacist from the Legal Affairs Division.

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Attended by experts from the Philippines, China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia, the workshop intends to address trafficking of dangerous substances through the use of integrated and interactive systems.

The Project Ion Incident Communication System (IONICS) and Precursors Incident System (PICS) are communication platforms used as measures to strengthen international cooperation in exchange of information regarding identification of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), the methods used for distribution, the modi operandi of criminal and other organizations involved in the production, processing and international distribution of substances, supply routes and use of internet to facilitate those activities.

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The systems were also developed to communicate on suspicious shipments or related incidents involving NPS, Precursors and synthetic opioids.  These are used by officers of the police, customs, regulatory/drug control bodies, health agencies, forensic laboratories and postal inspection security agencies.

As the lead agency on drug prevention and control, the DDB will serve as the government focal point for the INCB communications systems.

The Philippine delegation, through DDB Deputy Executive Director for Operations Assistant Secretary Maria Angelita Belen V. Matibag, was awarded an exemplary performance for getting the highest over-all score from the pre and post-tests given by the program facilitator from the United Nations Office.