DDB Chair Santiago: mega drug rehab center in Nueva Ecija, a product of miscalculation

UNTV News   •   November 3, 2017   •   4774


MANILA, Philippines — The construction of a Mega Drug Rehabilitation Facility in Nueva Ecija is not a practical move.

This is according to former Chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and now Chairman Dangerous Drugs Board (DBB) Dionisio Santiago.

“Not a mistake. I think miscalculation is the better term,” Santiago said.

The DDB Chairman believes it’s inappropriate to centralize the rehabilitation of drug dependents in the country.

“The presence of families has psychological impact. Some drug dependents need them. So when you bring them there, it might be too far from their families. The support system is not there,” he said.

Santiago explained the fund allotted for the construction of the Mega Drug Rehabilitation Center should have been allocated for the building of more regional rehabilitation centers, and for the funding of community based rehabilitation centers.

“If it’s possible… each municipality has drug dependents. So for example, if I’m from Navotas, we can build one there. It can accommodate a portion of Malabon, and a little of Caloocan and a little of Tondo, Manila. It means the drug rehab center is just near,” Santiago said.

However, Malacañang said the donor of the Mega Drug Rehabilitation Center was the one who decided where to construct the facility. The Palace noted the government did not spend any amount for its construction.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the Duterte Administration will look into the suggestion of the DDB chairman.

“But we will certainly consider what the expert had said and in the future if we are to invest public funds, we will pursue the strategy recommended by the head of the DDB,” Sec. Roque said.

Meanwhile, the DDB is set to present to President Rodrigo Duterte a new strategy for the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Santiago explained the new strategy focuses on the rehabilitation of individuals dependent on illegal drugs and the launching of programs that would provide livelihood, and education, among others.

He noted the programs would target to prevent the addiction of the youth to illegal drugs.

“The approach of the president is not purely operation, the Tokhang. We have a balancer. We are the balancer now,” Santiago said. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue


Navotas City gets the highest audit rating from COA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  The city of Navotas received the highest rating from state auditors, according to Mayor Toby Tiangco.

In his announcement on Thursday evening (August 19) on Twitter, the city Mayor attached a copy of the statement from the Commission on Audit (COA) on the audit findings for Navotas city.

“The Auditor rendered an unmodified opinion on the fairness of presentation of the financial statements of the City,” the statement said, signed by COA Regional Director IV Omar Roque.

Tiangco said it was the sixth time the city received such a rating from COA.

“Ito ang pinakamataas na audit rating na ibinibigay sa mga ahensya at tanggapan ng gobyerno. Sa buong Metro Manila, tayo lamang ang LGU na may ganitong record,” he said.

He added that the city managed to push through some of its important projects even under tight budget as it needed to shift its resources to COVID response.

“Hindi po naging madali ang nakalipas na taon dahil kinailangan nating ihinto ang ilan sa ating mga proyekto at programa para matugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng lungsod laban sa COVID-19,” he said.

“Pinilit nating mapag-abot ang maliit nating budget para matugunan ito at patuloy pa ring makapaghatid ng de-kalidad na serbisyo,” he added.

The mayor vows to maintain the city’s high performance rating which he said he owes to the people of Navotas.

DDB includes plants, date rape substance in updated list of dangerous drugs

Robie de Guzman   •   July 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) on Monday said it has updated its list of dangerous drugs to include plants which contain or are sources of illegal substances.

In a news release, the DDB stated that the said illegal substances include those listed in the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1971 Single Convention on Psychotropic Substances and those classified by the Board as dangerous drugs.

The DDB also classified gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) as a dangerous drug.

The GBL has been reported to have been used as a “date rape drug,” as its stronger doses is believed to cause sleepiness, confusion, and dizziness, making victims vulnerable to sexual assault. 

The agency said it is usually mixed with alcoholic drinks and is used during parties where the intake of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (ecstasy) is prevalent.

The DDB said the decision was reached during a meeting on June 27.

A regulation, which seeks to involve the youth, was also approved during the same meeting.

The policy aims to institutionalize a uniform preventive education program to engage community youth leaders to participate in the government’s demand reduction program, and conduct of regular preventive education activities in their respective areas.

UNTV News and Rescue assist 2 injured Indian nationals in motor accident

admin   •   April 25, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — As the rescue team was roving along the Camanava area, a concerned citizen flagged down the group to report a collision between a motorcycle and a tricycle at past 2:00 a.m., Wednesday.

The team assisted the injured riders identified as Indian nationals and siblings, Abdul Raffie Gulam Manzano and Naziba Dasthagir Gulam Manzano.

Abdul was complaining of pain in the chin and scratches on his right arm while Naziba sustained injuries on his forehead.

The UNTV team administered firs-aid before bringing the victims to Navotas City Hospital.

In the initial report of the Navotas traffic sector, the motorists were traversing Naval Street heading towards home in Caloocan City, when they were suddenly met by a tricycle. The riders were unable to hit the brakes in time and collided head-on with the oncoming tricycle.

The tricycle driver is under investigation by the traffic sector. — UNTV News & Rescue


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