New DDB board regulations spur war on drugs, PDEA says – Manila Bulletin
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Wilkins Villanueva said on Wednesday August 4 that the new Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is focusing more on removing the barangay from the influence of drugs illegal.
Villanueva said the Barangay Drug Clearing Program (BDCP) is a holistic, national approach by mobilizing support from stakeholders, officials and local government units (LGUs) in drug clearance operations.
Other salient features of the new DDB regulation include the emphasis on providing an appropriate response to identified people who use drugs (PWUD) and skilled pushers; provide guidelines and procedures, including verification and confirmation, for reporting drug-affected persons in drug-authorized barangays, municipalities, towns and provinces; make Balay Silangan the only intervention or reform program for skilled drug dealers; perform drug testing on rehabilitated PWUDs and drug reformers who have undergone general intervention and community drug treatment and rehabilitation programs and require Barangay Drug Counseling (BADAC) to submit monthly reports on the status of all identified PWUDs.
The implementation of the BDCP follows a three-tiered stage, namely the founding stage which defines the readiness of the barangay to undertake the BDCP; pivotal stage illustrating that the BDCP is being properly implemented and that its impact is felt by the community and the sustainability stage means that the level of implementation of the BDCP is consistent.
This is indicated by empowered and self-regulating barangays, resilient citizens, rehabilitated PWUDs without stigma, and drug reformers.
“Persistent and consistent. This is the way forward as we strive to eliminate illegal drugs barangay by barangay. The country’s drug problem is half-resolved as long as active and foolproof DADs exist in our communities, ”Villanueva said. (Chito A. Chavez)
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