The Dangerous Drugs Board, in collaboration with the Southern Asia-Pacific Division of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, convenes Luzon-based health directors of the religious group to update them on the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) and relevant DDB regulations.

100 attendees from all over Luzon are expected to attend the program. The Seventh-Day Adventist Church operates several hospitals in the country, and is part of a chain of more than 500 medical centers worldwide. With health as one of its main issues of concern, the SDA church fully supports President Duterte’s campaign against drug abuse.

This initiative is in line with the intersectoral and participatory approach of the PADS, which brings together different public and private stakeholders through multi-sectoral collaboration to safeguard the health and well-being of the Filipino people through proactive prevention strategies, align existing policies with national and international protocol, implement anti-drug programs, and form strong alliances with all agencies involved.

The Dangerous Drugs Board encourages other faith-based organizations to implement similar programs in support of the government’s anti-drug advocacy. According to Secretary Catalino S. Cuy, Chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board, religious organizations are central to the recovery process. “They are good at mobilizing, and they add another mode of treatment that may help recovering drug users feel a sense of support and fellowship while undergoing rehabilitation. We encourage all faith-based organizations to do the same.”

The program will take place on 27-28 February 2020 at Century Park Hotel in Pasay City.