We Will Make HISTORY TOGETHER Thank You For Your Support! People's Volunteer Against Illegal Drugs Anti-Drug Strategies: The FIVE PILLARS of ACTION

The Chairman's Message

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COL. RODRIGO D. BONIFACIO (RET.)
PVAID, Founding Chairman

The drug situation in our country may have similarities with other countries. However, there are also distinct problems in the country which may need distinct solutions. The Dangerous Drugs Board described Illicit drug production, trafficking, and use remain a matter of shared concern as they hinder development and pose a threat to security among countries across the globe.

Their profound and devastating effects know no boundary in terms of ethnicity, religion, geographic location, political affiliation, educational background and socio-economic status. Health, a crucial prerequisite and resource for development, is adversely affected as drug use impacts both morbidity and mortality.

Notably, drug use has also been shown to be associated with other risky behaviors such as drunk driving, unprotected sex, and needle-sharing, which can lead to hepatitis and HIV-AIDS. It is also an important correlate of medical and psychiatric co-morbidities, intentional injuries, and death. In terms of its significant social and economic consequences, drug use can lead to lowered productivity due to occupational diseases and injuries, higher health care costs, spread of infectious diseases, and family breakdown, to name a few.

Notably, drug use has also been shown to be associated with other risky behaviors such as drunk driving, unprotected sex, and needle-sharing, which can lead to hepatitis and HIV-AIDS. It is also an important correlate of medical and psychiatric co-morbidities, intentional injuries, and death. In terms of its significant social and economic consequences, drug use can lead to lowered productivity due to occupational diseases and injuries, higher health care costs, spread of infectious diseases, and family breakdown, to name a few.

Drug-related crimes and violence escalate, diverting resources initially allocated for social services into law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Also contributing to societal burden is the negative outcome from drug use that young people may experience during their most productive years. Thus, investing in efforts that would deter people, especially the youth, from using illicit drugs would greatly benefit society. Drug abstinence can lead to better learning outcomes, healthier families, more productive workforce, safer communities, and longer life expectancy.

Making both drug supply and drug demand reduction programs as our balance and holistic approach will pay dividends for the years to come. It will shape the future of the next generation of Filipinos and will dramatically transform the landscape of Philippine security. Because it creates complex health and social problems, the drug issue is undoubtedly a public health challenge that must be prioritized.

The People’s Volunteer Against Illegal Drugs (PVAID) stands as ally of the government in its fight against drug abuse. Since inception the organization actively took part in the campaign promoting drug demand reduction strategy in the form of preventive education and values formation, social development program, public image and people empowerment. These are the basic four (4) pillars of action in support of the drug demand reduction strategy making the whole program as five (5) pillars of action in fighting the drug menace.

It is also our mission to represent the aspiration of every Filipino family, work sectors and the school community towards drug free and drug resistant environment by way of influencing the policies of government to adopt one balance and holistic program in the community, work place and school. I urged all PVAID Advocates and Leaders to observe and adopt the five (5) pillars of action in resolving this societal crisis against the drug menace. MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!