MANILA, Philippines — One of the primary priorities of the new leadership of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is the expansion of community-based rehabilitation program of the government.
DDB chairman Catalino Cuy believes that, through this, the number of individuals who will use illegal drugs will be reduced since the monitoring will be more intensive as the campaign will start from the barangay level.
“As I was saying, we will give importance to drug clearing. We will be also requiring local barangay executives to monitor barangays since clients, the ‘grassroots’ are here,” Cuy said.
The new DDB chairman also supports Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Diño’s proposal to require each barangay in the Philippines to submit a list of drug suspects.
And even though some human rights groups are opposed to the idea, Cuy assured that the government will conduct a thorough validation to assure the identity of those involved in illegal drugs.
“Like the time when there was still Masa-Masid. The program had three objectives—anti-illegal drug, anti-corruption, anti-criminality, anti-violent extremism”
The government will also look into the police operational procedures of each law enforcement agency in the country to protect the drug suspects’ human rights.
Cuy is the 23rd chairman of DDB and replaced Dionisio Santiago following the latter’s resignation in November last year. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue
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