SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 — The Philippines and the United States on Friday announced plans to begin drug demand reduction programs under the existing Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim signed an Amended Letter of Agreement on September 8, 2017 in which the US commits more than P102 million in additional funding from the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
In a statement, the US Embassy said these funds will support Philippines’ initiatives to develop drug reduction programs focused on public health and community-based interventions.
“Under this agreement, the United States and the Philippines will collaborate on areas ranging from treatment and prevention to policy development to support a comprehensive public health program focused on reducing the demand for drugs,” the Embassy added.
“The Philippines and the United States share concerns about the dangers posed by substance abuse disorder and this latest collaboration reflects a mutual interest in improving efforts to limit the effects of illicit drugs,” the statement said.