1. Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 264 entitled Declaring the 26th of June of Every Year as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT). This declaration is in support of the resolution passed by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on December 7, 1987.
2. The theme of this year’s observance is Listen First – Listening to Children and Youth is the First Step to Help them Grow Healthy and Safe, which was circulated by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UN ODC) for adoption by all member-countries.
3. This year’s event aims to:
a. identify the responsibilities of the government and different sectors in the fight against the drug problem;
b. create awareness on the dangers and ill-effects of dangerous drugs;
c. develop peer support networks among service providers and recovering drug dependents beneficiaries; and
d. promote unity within the advocacy of treatment and preventive education.
4. As member agency of the Dangerous Drugs Board, pursuant to Section 35 of Republic Act No. 6425 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972, this Department is enjoined to support the observance of the IDADAIT.
5. In view of this, the regional and schools division offices, and schools are encouraged to support this event by undertaking appropriate, relevant and related activities which are geared towards the attainment of the goals by way of promoting the event and the campaign message through the following:
a. Conduct of activities like seminars and advocacies;
b. Hoisting of streamers/ banners in strategic places in schools vicinity (Enclosed is the template.); and
c. Posting of the event and its theme on electronic billboard or website of the regional or schools division offices.
6. Expenses incurred relative to the conduct of activities for the said celebration shall be charged to local funds, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.
7. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.