The Dangerous Drugs Board, along with its member agencies and different national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs), local government units (LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) convened at The Elements in Eton Centris, Quezon City yesterday, 25 November 2019, for the national celebration of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DAPC) Week.
Around 700 anti-drug advocates from Metro Manila and nearby provinces joined the celebration.
Highlighting the event is the showcase of the DDB’s accomplishments for 2019, the unveiling and presentation of the new Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) logo, and the ceremonial turn-over of funding support to the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the Tahanang Pangkabuhayan program.
Through the TESDA, 4 Million has been allotted for livelihood assistance and provision of skills training to recovering drug users enrolled in community-based treatment and rehabilitation program.Director Diosdado Escalante, Director III from TESDA, received the support on behalf of Secretary Isidro Lapeña. In his message, he assured the DDB that the funding will be put to good use to implement programs for the surrenderers. He also reported that, as of September this year, 11,291 surrenders have enrolled in TESDA programs nationwide and more than 9000 have already graduated.
Assistant Secretary Gregorio Pimentel, Deputy Director-General for Operations of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Undersecretary Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) also gave congratulatory messages.
Senator Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs and former PNP Chief, gave the keynote address. He mentioned the different legislative measures that he is lobbying for, which includes reinstating the death penalty for drug traffickers, mandatory drug education in K-12, particularly in 4th-12th grades, and the allowance of voluntary drug rehabilitation without court orders.
“I may no longer be at the frontlines on the war against drugs, but I am making sure that I remain at the frontlines in legislative efforts to help put an end to the illegal drug problem in the country,” he promised. The senator stated that what matters the most is the support and cooperation of the community alongside the government’s whole-of-government approach. In closing, he congratulated the DDB and thanked them for their efforts in implementing the PADS as a guideline for the government’s anti-drug efforts.
Throughout the week, different local government units and organizations conducted advocacy programs in celebration of the DAPC Week.