History of DDB
- Republic Act 6425 or the “Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972 was approved. The drug problem was just at its incipient stage, with only 20,000 drug users and marijuana as the top choice among users.
- On November 14, 1972 the Dangerous Drugs Board was created and mandated to be the policy-making and coordinating agency on all drug abuse-related matters including law enforcement, treatment and rehabilitation, prevention, training and information, and research and statistics.
- Seven national agencies formed part of the Dangerous Drugs Board. (Department of Health; Department of Education, Culture and Sports; Department of Justice, Department of National Defense, Department of Finance, National Bureau of Investigation)
- The annual observance of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DAPC) Week every third week of November was institutionalized through Presidential Proclamation No. 1192.
The Inter-Agency Committee on Drug Abuse Prevention Education was formed to strengthen the relationship among various agencies and the Dangerous Drugs Board.
An amendment to RA 6425 was made through Batas Pambansa 179 which itemized prohibited drugs and its derivatives.
- The DDB launched “Oplan Iwas Droga” which has become the national flagship program on drug abuse prevention.
- The DDB Mascot named KID Listo, and acronym for Kalaban ng Ilegal na Droga, was born. KID Listo was brought to different schools and communities all over the country to promote the anti-drug advocacy.
The five-pillar global drug control approach – Drug Supply Reduction, Drug Demand Reduction, Alternative Development, Civic Awareness and Response, and Regional and International Cooperation – was adopted.
- Republic Act 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” repealed RA 6425. The new law expanded the membership of the Board to 17 members, streamlined its functions, and ushered in new programs and initiatives.
- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was created.
The flagship program of the Dangerous Drugs Board for the youth, Barkada Kontra Droga or BKD, was institutionalized. BKD is a peer-based program designed as a preventive education and information strategy that aims to empower young people ti be catalysts within their peer groups in advocating healthy and drug—free lifestyles.
- Along with technological developments, the DDB launched a number of programs that utilize the power of technology to improve processes, share drug data and information and also elicit people’s participation
- The DDB-Drug Information Action Line or DDB-DIAL was launched. This is an action center created to receive reports and complaints related to drug abuse as well as to provide relevant information and assistance to the public.
- The anti-drug campaign became the priority program of the national government.
- Several policies have been instituted including the establishment of community-based treatment and rehabilitation programs and services by Local Government Units (LGUs) and the institutionalization of the Drug-Free Workplace Policy.
The Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs or PADS was institutionalized by virtue of Executive Order No.66, Series of 2018 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. This antilegal drug plan provides a roadmap for national collaboration and was designed to harmonize anti-drug initiatives with the overarching Social Development Agenda and the National Security Policy.
In 2019, the Dangerous Drugs Board was involved in the production and promotion of an advocacy film titled “Kaibigan”. The film encourages the youth and the audience to do the right thing and to turn away from worldly influences, including illegal drugs. It tackles matters concerning, family, friendship and faith.
Produced by JC Perkins Twins Productions, Kaibigan was shown in over 1000 theaters in the Philippines. It stars the Perkins twins Jessie and Christian with Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin.
- The Dangerous Drugs Board, in 2020, released the results of the 2019 Household Survey on the Patterns and Trends of Drug Use. The report brings together the effort of different government agencies to hear the voice of Filipinos to express their perception, awareness and experience with drug-related matters in the Philippines. For three months, field interviewers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were able to survey 9,341 Filipinos ages 10 to 69 years old. Through this research, the DDB explored external factors and linkages that lead to drug use. The study showed a trend that at the age of 17, many of the lifetime users were already smoking; at age 18, they start drinking alcohol, until they finally try drugs at the age of 22.
- The DDB took part in addressing COVID-19. Following a directive from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) through the issuance of National Budget Circular 580, the DDB offered P86,964,874.39 as part of its cross-cutting measures for Fiscal Year 2020 allotment. The DDB provided healthcare resources, supplies, and equipment as its share to medical institutions and various communities since the start of the of the enhanced community quarantine. The DDB also deployed volunteers and rendered technical support in the mass swabbing centers established by the government for COVID-19 testing and diagnosis.
- Due to the pandemic, most transactions and services of the DDB were shifted online. For 2020, a total of 2,957 certifications and exemptions were processed through the Online Application for Certification and Exemption Information System (OACEIS).
That same year, the DDB issued an advisory allowing the use of electronic prescription for dangerous drugs pursuant to Proclamation no. 929 of the Office of the President.
Existing seminars and trainings went online to ensure that the government’s anti-illegal drug advocacy can still be disseminated.
On April 1, 2021, the Dangerous Drugs Board received an assessment letter from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) praising the agency for its “Highly Commendable Performance” for the year 2021.
- Presidential son and Ilocos Norte’s first Congressional District Representative Ferdinand Alexander Marcos III was the Keynote Speaker during the observance of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) on June 27, 2022.
- On November 14, 2022, the Dangerous Drugs Board celebrated its 50th anniversary in simple rites with the theme: DDB@50: United Towards a Healthy, Safe and Productive Society. Fifty years ago, the DDB was created and mandated primarily to be the policy-making and coordinating agency on all drug abuse-related matters including law enforcement, treatment and rehabilitation, prevention, training and information, and research and statistics.
- Employees of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in Quezon City led the simultaneous pledge of commitment as part of the celebration of Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week (DAPC) during the flag raising ceremony held on 14 November 2022.
National government agencies, local government units, and other partners of the DDB across the country recited the oath to pledge their commitment to live their lives free from drugs and support government programs against illegal drugs.