Secretary Catalino S. Cuy was given a fresh mandate as the Chairperson of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

This was confirmed after President Rodrigo Duterte signed his reappointment papers on 21 January 2020. Secretary Cuy was first appointed at the DDB in January 2018 serving the remainder of the term of his predecessor.

Under his leadership, the DDB worked towards the institutionalization of the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy or PADS. Executive Order No. 66, Series of 2018 was signed by the President directing all government agencies including Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to implement the PADS in accordance with their respective mandates.

With his reappointment as Chair of the DDB, the implementation of PADS priorities is expected to be further sustained and strengthened in support of the thrust of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to create safe and secure communities for all Filipinos.

DDB Executive Director, Undersecretary Earl P. Saavedra, expressed the continued support of the DDB Secretariat to its current Chairperson. “Secretary Cuy stayed true to his commitment to push for a comprehensive and balanced strategy against illegal drugs which is embodied in PADS. His reappointment assures us that the programs laid out will be pursued using the whole of nation approach in addressing the country’s drug problem,” Undersecretary Saavedra added.

Among the major priorities of the DDB for the year is the release of the results of the Nationwide Survey on the Nature and Extent of the Drug Abuse Problem in the Country and the establishment of an integrated monitoring and reporting mechanism of the implementation of drug-related programs and activities to track the progress and successes of the government’s drug abuse prevention and control agenda.

The reappointment papers of Secretary Cuy was received by DDB on 23 January 2020.