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Duterte reappoints Cuy as DDB chair

Francis Wakefield

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DB Chairman Catalino S. Cuy. (Dangerous Drugs Act FB)

President Rodrigo Duterte has reappointed Secretary Catalino S. Cuy as chairperson of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

Cuy was given a fresh mandate to head the DDB after the Chief Executive signed his reappointment papers on 21 January 2020.

Cuy was first appointed at the DDB in January 2018 serving the remainder of the term of his predecessor.

Under his leadership at the DDB, Cuy worked towards the institutionalization of the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy or PADS.

Executive Order No. 66, Series of 2018 was signed by the President directing all government agencies including government-owned and controlled corporations and state universities and colleges to implement the PADS in accordance with their respective mandates.

With his reappointment as chair of the DDB, the implementation of PADS is expected to be sustained and strengthened in support of the thrust of Duterte to create safe and secure communities for all Filipinos.

Among the major priorities of the DDB for 2020 is the release of the results of the nationwide survey on the nature and extent of the drug abuse problem in the country and the establishment of an integrated monitoring and reporting mechanism for the implementation of drug-related programs and activities to track the progress and successes of the government’s drug abuse prevention and control agenda.

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