The Philippines, through the Dangerous Drugs Board and the Permanent Mission in Vienna opens an exhibit showcasing the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy at the sidelines of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs Meeting at the United Nations in Austria.

The Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy, institutionalized through Executive Order No. 66, Series of 2018, is the cohesive, comprehensive, and balanced approach employed by the government to address the drug problem.

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Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Dangerous Drugs Board Chairman Secretary Catalino S. Cuy, Philippine Ambassador to Vienna Maria Cleofe Natividad and Undersecretary Earl Saavedra did the ceremonial ribbon cutting to signify the opening of the exhibit.

Secretary Cuy, in his statement, talked about the vision of the Philippines to achieve drug-free communities through supply reduction efforts involving aggressive law enforcement with strong adherence to the rule of law and observance of human rights, coupled with comprehensive demand reduction initiatives and supported by strong international ties.

“We hope that through this exhibit, we would be able to present how this strategy provide an extensive framework for law enforcement and at the same time adopt a compassionate approach to victims of drug use by encouraging voluntary treatment and rehabilitation under an overarching framework which emphasizes respect for human rights,” he added.

The opening of the exhibit was also attended by officials of drug control agencies from ASEAN member states and members of the Filipino community working at the UN and other industries in Vienna, Austria.

The exhibit will run from March 14 – 22, 2019 coinciding with the Ministerial and Regular Segments of the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs with 1,800 attendees from the UN Member-States present. In one of its plenary sessions, DFA Secretary Locsin also delivered a country statement emphasizing the Philippines Government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.