THE Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) welcomed the executive order to implement the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS).
President Duterte signed EO 66 on October 29, 2018.
According to DDB chairman Catalino Cuy, such action is a positive development and a leap towards securing communities from the menace of illegal drugs.
EO 66 directs all government offices, departments, bureaus, agencies including GOCCs and SUCs, to implement the PADS in accordance with their respective mandates.
Even before the signing of the milestone document, DDB has been proactive in consulting with key agencies in line with its intention to shepherd the creation of the National Anti-Drug Plan of Action (NADPA) that is realistic and sustainable.
PADS is the more comprehensive version of the NADPA because it is anchored on the Social Development Agenda and the National Security Policy of the Duterte Administration.
PADS also carries with it the commitment that all efforts in addressing the drug problem is balanced and holistic. It will unite duty bearers and stakeholders in attaining the vision of having drug-free communities by the year 2022.
Cuy assured the readiness of the government to activate mechanisms for the full implementation of the EO. This includes the setting of benchmarks and indicators and reviewing policies that will respond to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165.
Cuy said that DDB will meet with the members of the Board to review the functions of the key government agencies and align them with the priority thrusts in the blueprint aside from designing a communication plan to help the public understand the government’s strategies on drug abuse prevention and control.
The DDB has acknowledged the complexity of the drug problem and it intends to solidify actions related to demand reduction, supply reduction, treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration, civic awareness and response including regional and international cooperation.
“The President has given us the direction. As we propel all these priorities, we embrace the perspective that our approaches must be needs-based and evidence-based in order to see best results as the PADS is being implemented,” Cuy said.