In order to capture the real numbers on the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) recently launched the Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System (AIDIS), a web-based centralized information system that will store relevant information and figures on the illegal drugs problem from the different drug agencies.
According to DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, the AIDIS will serve as a central repository and reporting system that will collect, store, map, and analyze data on illegal drugs nationwide.
"Through this web-based online system, we can now generate reliable data that we can use to map out our strategies and plans to further boost our anti-illegal drugs drive,” he said.
The DILG Secretary said data generated from AIDIS “will also hopefully bring out the real score on the anti-illegal drugs drive and address the wrong information and figures so that the people will know that the whole-of-government is working together on the war against illegal drugs."
“AIDIS will help us tell the real story on how the government through its different drug enforcement agencies is really faring in the anti-illegal drugs drive,” he said.
Año said the system will only be accessible to authorized users from the various agencies involved in the anti-illegal drugs campaign, namely: DILG, Department of Health, Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
He said the harmonized data collected using the system will be verified and eventually connected to the Real Numbers of the Philippine Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the portal accessible to the general public and other interested parties with available internet connection.
AIDIS contains graphs, charts, and other visual representations on other aspects of the anti-drug campaign, in the form of 6 dashboards: drug affectation, juvenile, offenders, operations, rehabilitation, and surrenderers.
During the AIDIS launching, the DILG, Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), and the Department of Health (DOH) signed the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP).
According to Año, the JMC lays down the roles and responsibilities of all 19 member agencies in the Advocacy cluster which handles the nationwide campaign for the government’s anti-illegal drugs policy and implementing programs.
The CBDRP is an integrated model for drug users with low to moderate risk of drug dependence with an easy access to rehabilitation and integrated programs through community-based treatment and community-based support services.
The DILG Secretary also said that with Vice-President Leni Robredo serving as co-chair of ICAD, she can significantly help spread the word to the international community about the initiatives being made by the government in winning the war on illegal drugs.
"We support the appointment of VP Leni as ICAD co-chair and we fervently believe that she will be a huge asset in bringing out the right information to the international community, particularly the European Union, that the government is winning in the supply reduction and demand reduction aspects in the anti-illegal drugs campaign,” he said.