ATCPDE joins 31st ASOD in Jakarta
The ATCPDE through member Dr. Rodolfo S. Treyes joined the 31st Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters (ASOD) held in Indonesia.
Venue and Chairperson
The meeting was held at Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta, Indonesia from October 12 to 16, 2010. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Gories Mere, Head of National Narcotics Board Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening Ceremony of the 31st ASOD meeting at Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Philippine Delegation
The Philippine delegation was headed by Usec. Grepor "Butch" B. Belgica, Permanent Board Member of Dangerous Drug Board (DDB). The members of the delegation were Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, Preventive Education, Training & Information Division, Dangerous Drugs Board; Ms. Virginia P. Balmes, Chief, Policy Research & Statistics Division, Dangerous Drugs Board; Dr. Rodolfo S. Treyes, Member, ASEAN Training Center for Preventive Drug Education (ATCPDE); Mr. Carlos F. Gadapan, Deputy Director General for Operation, PDEA; Mr. Rayford A. Yap, Deputy Regional Director, Region VI PDEA; and Dr. Thelma Navarrez, Director II, Department of Education.
Country Reports Highlighted the Meeting:
The first day of the meeting started with a ceremony on the transfer of Chairmanship and Vice-Chairmanship of the 31st ASOD Meeting. The transfer of responsibilities was done by the Head of the Cambodian delegation to the Indonesian delegation as the host of the said meeting.
This was followed by the presentation of Country Reports. Excerpts from the country reports:
Conclusion: Statistics of arrests for the year 2009 shows a decrease in the total number of arrests from 577 people in 2008 to 522 people in 2009.
According to the statistics available, majority of the arrests comprises of male aged between 31 years old and above, Bruneian, Malay, and are unemployed.
General Drug Situation: In 2009 and recent year 2010, Cambodia is still a transit country for drug trafficking, which poses serious concerns to national security, social order and safety.
The drug situation is still increasing, that need concerted efforts of all related government agencies, NGOs, the community and othercountries, to counter the drug problem.
Regional and International cooperation should be enhanced, for better results to control the drug menace.
Drug Control in Lao PDR: Drug trafficking and abuse continue to be a problem in Lao PDR. The four main illicit drugs problems are opium, amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), cannabis and heroin. There are indications of increasing organized crime groups trafficking drugs and precursor chemicals through the country. Lao PDR central location in the Greater Mekong Sub Region has seen it become a major transit country for ATS and other drugs.
Cure & Care 1 Malaysia Clinic
In response to the growing drug problem and its complexity and realizing that the existing strategies are not achieving the intended effects / targets, the NADA has shifted its approach from institutionalised rehabilitation to an open approach (Open Access Services) by setting up The Cure & Care 1 Malaysia Clinic (or C&C 1Malaysia Clinic).