PDEA launches community service program for minor drug offenders
Tuguegarao City (3 October) -- According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Dangerous Drugs Board has favored the implementation of community service rather than imprisonment for first time minor drug offenders.
Under Board Resolution No. 2 series of 2006, even adult offenders can submit themselves for voluntary drug treatment and rehabilitation.
This is embodied under Section 57 (Probation and community service under voluntary submission program) and Section 70 (protection and community service for first time offenders in lieu of imprisonment) of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or Republic Act 9165.
The DDB regulation aims to make clear the statutory responsibility of the Parole and Probation Administration and other agencies that have something to do with the implementation of the provisions of RA 9165.
DDB emphasized that the community service is beneficial for youth offenders specially those aged 15 to 18 years old. (PIA-Cagayan) [top]