THE Dangerous Drug Board has a new Chairman following the recent reappointment of its former Executive Director and ex-Armed Forces chief Dionisio Santiago by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Santiago, who was also the former Director General of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, met with DDB and PDEA employees during last week’s flag raising ceremony at the DDB-PDEA main office compound in Quezon City where he expressed joy over his reappointment.
“It’s nice to be back. I see a lot of familiar faces here. I feel at home,” he stated.
As DDB chairman, Santiago will focus on enhancing the drug rehabilitation program of the government. He also plans to review Republic Act 9165 (the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and improve the existing anti-illegal drug preventive education and advocacy programs.
Santiago also served as a Director of the Bureau of Corrections before he became the Executive Director of DDB.
In 2006, he was appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the Director General of PDEA. During his term as PDEA Director General, he implemented major reforms and instituted programs to enhance the capabilities and competencies of its agents and personnel.
His appointment to the DDB was signed by the President last July 05, 2017.
Aside from the Chairman, the President has also appointed a new Deputy Executive Director for Administration to the DDB in the person of Retired Colonel Walter Besas.
The DDB is the government’s principal coordinating agency concerning anti-illegal drugs proliferation.