A Philippine delegation headed by Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Deputy Executive Director for Administration Assistant Secretary Walter P. Besas attended the 39th Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters (ASOD) held at The Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan from August 27 to 30, 2018.
The Opening Ceremony of the 39th ASOD Meeting held on August 28 was officiated by Second Minister of Defence and Chairman of the National Security Committee of Brunei Darussalam Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof as Guest of Honor. Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohd Jammy bin Haji Muhd Shah Al-Islam; Deputy Secretary-General of the ASEAN Political Security Community Dr Hoang Anh Tuan; Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Brunei; and delegates from ASEAN Member States (AMS) were also present during the event. Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Pete Raymond V. Delfin joined the Philippine delegation during the Opening Ceremony.
The highlights of the 39th ASOD Meeting included the Internal Review of the ASEAN Work on Securing Communities against Illicit Drugs 2016-2025; 13th Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) Plus 3 Working Group Meeting on Narcotics; 5th ASOD-China Coordination Meeting; 7th ASOD-Republic of Korea Coordination Meeting; and the 2nd ASOD-Russia Coordination Meeting.
The members of the Philippine delegation included DDB Deputy Executive Director for Operations Assistant Secretary Maria Belen Angelita V. Matibag; DDB Chief of Preventive Education, Training and Information Division Teresita C. Pineda; DDB OIC of Policy Studies, Research and Statistics Division Rebecca F. Arambulo; DDB Head–Executive Assistant Doris R. Dorigo; UP-ASEAN Training Center for Preventive Drug Education Director Prof. Francis Grace Duka-Pante; Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director for Plans and Operations Service Maharani G. Tosoc; PDEA Director for Preventive Education and Community Involvement Service (PECIS) Donelyn M. Hemedez; and the Department of Health’s (DOH) Head of the Capability Building Unit, Dangerous Drugs Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program, Dr. Clara H. Fuderanan.
The 40th ASOD Meeting will be held in Cambodia in 2019. END