THE Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is saddened by the remarks of Vice President Leni Robredo about the war on drugs.
According to DDB chairman Catalino Cuy, it seems that the number two top official of the land until now is still misled in understanding the anti-drug campaign.
Robredo lately said that the drug war must be stopped seeing it as a failure and having cost too many lives.
Cuy said that the campaign against illegal drugs is always guided by the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS)’s framework which puts significant premium on both drug supply and drug demand reduction initiatives.
It appears that VP Robredo is only looking at one side of the campaign. While enforcement issues are more evident, we cannot discount the successes we have gained in the demand reduction part of the campaign,” he added.
And as the DDB leads the implementation of PADS, Cuy said the agency has always been open to presenting the overall picture of the Philippine government’s campaign against the menace to international organizations and counterparts.
The DDB, he added, also participates regularly in dialogues and discussions with the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
Also, authorities continue to address the domestic drug issues using a holistic, balanced and comprehensive approach.
On treatment and rehabilitation, Cuy said that the DDB has been able to empower local government units to provide community-based interventions to drug users.
As of August 2019, out of the 1,634 cities and municipalities in the country, 997 already have an existing community-based rehabilitation program. A total of 179,152 drug abusers have benefitted from these facilities.