Duterte signs EO on nat’l drugs technique
President Rodrigo Duterte institutionalized the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) with the signing on October 29
of Executive Order 66 which directs all government agencies, bureaus, and offices, including government-owned or -controlled
Besides, corporations (GOCCs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) to implement the national strategy on drug prevention and control.
The anti-drug strategy includes the implementation of “drug-free workplace programs” and “authorized drug testing.”
Meanwhile, the President encouraged non-government organizations, civil society organizations, and private institutions to actively support the anti-drug programs.
“The expansion of disallowed drugs and their forerunners is a genuine national concern, including social, monetary, mental and
financial interests, which requires the dynamic and bound together inclusion of different government and non-government offices,” the request said.
Nevertheless, to guarantee the fruitful usage of the PADS and to exhibit our nation’s determination in standing up to the issue on unlawful medications, it is important to guarantee that administration and non-government substances do their separate capacities and undertakings under the PADS,” it included.
Further, the PADS, planned by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), traces the administration’s thorough and coordinated endeavors to reinforce the crusade against illicit medications and add to worldwide endeavors to counter the medication issue.
Under EO 66, the President assigned the DDB as the lead office in the usage of the PADS.