Dangerous Drugs Board

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Dangerous Drugs Board

Seal of the Dangerous Drugs Board

Secretary & Chairman: Anselmo S. Avenido Jr.
Undersecretary & Vice Chairman: Romeo G. Vera Cruz
Executive Director: Edagr C. Galvante
Website: www.ddb.gov.ph

The Dangerous Drugs Board is a Philippine government agency that makes policies, strategies and programs on drug prevention and control. The board is managed under the Office of the President through the leadership of Secretary Anselmo S. Avenido Jr.

Functions

The DDB is mandated to perform the following functions, pursuant to the provisions of RA 9165:

  • Formulate, develop and establish a comprehensive, integrated, unified and balanced national drug abuse prevention and control strategy;
  • Promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act, including the manner of safekeeping, disposition, burning or condemnation of any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemical under the charge and custody of DDB, PDEA and other concerned agencies, and prescribe administrative remedies or sanctions for the violations of such rules and regulations;
  • Conduct policy studies, program monitoring and evaluations and other researches on drug prevention, control and enforcement;
  • Initiate, conduct and support scientific, clinical, social, psychological, physical and biological researches on dangerous drugs and dangerous drug prevention and control measures;
  • Develop and educational program and information drive on the hazards and prevention of illegal use of any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemical based on factual data, and disseminate the same to the general public, for which purpose the Board shall endeavor to make the general public aware of the hazards of any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemical by providing among others, literature, films, displays or advertisements and by coordinating will all institutions of learning as well as with all national and local enforcement agencies in planning and conducting its educational campaign programs to be implemented by the appropriate government agencies;
  • Conduct continuing seminars for, and consultations with, and provide information materials to judges and prosecutors in coordination with the Office of the Court Administrator, in the case of judges, and the Department of Justice, in the case of prosecutors, which aim to provide them with the current developments and programs of the Board pertinent to its campaign against dangerous drugs and its scientific researches on dangerous drugs, its prevention and control measures;
  • Design special trainings in order to provide law enforcement officers, members of the judiciary, and prosecutors, school authorities and personnel of center with knowledge and know-how in dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals control in coordination with the Supreme Court to meet the objectives of the national drug control programs;
  • Design and develop, in consultation and coordination with the DOH, DSWD and other agencies involved in drugs control, treatment and rehabilitation, both public and private, a national treatment and rehabilitation program for drug dependents including a standard aftercare and community service program for recovering drug dependents;
  • Design and develop, jointly with the DOLE and in consultation with labor and employer groups as well as non-government organizations a drug abuse prevention program in the workplace that would include a provision for employee assistance programs for emotionally-stressed employees;
  • Prescribe and promulgate rules and regulations governing the establishment of such centers, networks and laboratories as deemed necessary after conducting a feasibility study in coordination with DOH and other government agencies;
  • Initiate and authorize closure proceedings against non-accredited and/or sub-standard rehabilitation centers based on verified reports of human right violations, subhuman conditions, inadequate medical training and assistance and excessive fees for implementation by PDEA;
  • Receive, gather, collect and evaluate all information on the importation, exportation, production, manufacture, sale stocks, seizures of and the estimated need for any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemical, for which purpose the Board may require from any official, instrumentality or agency of the government or any private person or enterprise dealing in, or engaged in activities having to do with any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals such data or information as it may need to implement this Act;
  • Gather and prepare detailed statistics on the importation, exportation, manufacture, stocks, seizures of and estimated need for any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals and such other statistical data on said drugs as may be periodically required by the United Nations Narcotics Drug Commission, the World Health Organization and other international organizations in consonance with the country’s international commitments;
  • Develop and maintain international networking coordination with international drug control agencies and organizations, and implement the provisions of international conventions and agreements thereon which have been adopted and approved by the Congress of the Philippines;
  • Require all government and private hospitals, clinics, doctors, dentists and other practitioners to submit a report to it, in coordination with PDEA, about all dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals-related cases to which they have attended for statistics and research purposes;
  • Receive in trust legacies, gifts and donations of real and personal properties of all kinds, to administer and dispose the same when necessary for the benefit of government and private rehabilitation centers subject to limitations, directions and instructions from the donors, if any;
  • Issue guidelines as to the approval or disapproval of applications for voluntary treatment, rehabilitation or confinement, wherein it shall issue the necessary guidelines, rules and regulations pertaining to the application and its enforcements;
  • Formulate guidelines, in coordination with other government agencies, for the importation, distribution, production, manufacture, compounding, prescription, dispensing and sale of, and other lawful acts in connection with any dangerous drug, controlled precursor and essential chemical and other similar or analogous substances of such kind and in such quantity as it may deem necessary according to the medical and research needs or requirements of the country including diet pills containing ephedrine and other addictive chemicals and determine the quantity and/or quality of dangerous drugs and precursors and essential chemicals to be imported, manufactured an held in stock at any given time by authorized importer, manufacturer or distributor of such drugs;
  • Develop, in consultation with concerned agencies, the utilization of a controlled delivery scheme in addressing the transshipment of dangerous drugs into and out of the country to neutralize transnational crime syndicates involved in illegal trafficking of any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursors and essential chemical for implementation by the PDEA in collaboration with other agencies and foreign counterparts;
  • Recommend the revocation of the professional license of any practitioner who is an owner, co-owner, lessee, or in the employ of the drug establishment, or manager of a partnership, controlling such drug establishment, and who knowingly participates in, or consents to, tolerates, or abets the commission of the act of violations as indicated in the preceding paragraph, all without prejudice to the criminal prosecution of the person responsible for the said violation;
  • Appoint such technical, administrative and other personnel as may be necessary for the effective implementation of this Act, subject to the Civil Service Law and its rules and regulations;
  • Establish a regular and continuing consultation wit concerned government agencies and medical professional organizations to determine if balance exists in policies, procedures, rules and regulations on dangerous drugs and to provide recommendations on how the lawful use of dangerous drugs can be improved and facilitated;
  • Approve changes in the organization set-up of PDEA as submitted by the Director General of the PDEA, as provided for under Section 83;
  • Approved the establishment of the PDEA Academy either in Baguio or Tagaytay City, and in such other places as may be necessary, and provide for the qualifications and requirements of PDEA recruits who must be at least twenty-one (21) years old, of proven integrity and honesty and a baccalaureate degree holder, as provided for under Section 85;
  • Reclassify, add to or remove any dangerous drug from, the lists of dangerous drugs and controlled precursors and essential chemicals, as provided for under Section 93;
  • Receive from DOH all income derived from fees for drug dependency examinations and other medical and legal services provided to the public which shall be constituted as special funds for the implementation of the Act, as provided for under Section 76 (f);
  • Receive fines, fees, net proceeds of any sale or disposition of any property confiscated or forfeited, and other income authorized and imposed under the Act, including ten per cent (10%) of all unclaimed and forfeited sweepstakes and lotto prized but not less than Twelve million pesos (P12,000,000.00) per year from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and five million pesos (P5,000,000.00) a month from PAGCOR, which shall constitute as a special account in the general fund for the implementation of the Act, excluding the operating expensed of the Board and other concerned agencies, Provided, that at least fifty per cent of all funds shall be reserved for assistance to government-owned and/or operated rehabilitation centers, as provided under Sections 76 (f) and 87;
  • Recommend to the concerned agency the grant of compensation, reward and award to any person providing information and to law enforcers participating in a successful drug operation, as provided for under Section 22;
  • Manage the funds as it may deem proper for the attainment of the objectives of the Act, as provided for under Section 88;
  • Submit to the President of the Philippines and the Presiding Officers of both Houses of Congress, within fifteen days from the opening of the regular session, an annual report on the dangerous drugs situation in the country which shall include detailed account of the programs and projects undertaken, statistics on crimes related to dangerous drugs, expenses incurred pursuant to the provisions of the Act, recommended remedial legislation, if needed, and such other relevant facts as it may deem proper to cite, as provided for under Section 88;
  • Submit periodic reports to the President, the Congress of the Philippines and the Senate and House of Representatives committees concerned as may be required from time to time; and
  • Perform such other functions as may be authorized or required under existing laws and as directed by the President himself/herself or as recommended by the congressional committees concerned.

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