TACLOBAN CITY-As the calendar year draws to a close, the Compliance Section of PDEA Regional Office VIII is reminding its licensees and permitees to renew their licenses and permits at least three (3) months before the expiry date.
This reminder comes as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency through the Compliance Service has recorded an increase in the number of cases involving violations of regulations of the Dangerous Drugs Board by PDEA-registered clients.
PDEA is reiterating strict compliance to all the regulatory control measures imposed on dangerous drugs and controlled precursors and essential chemicals as mandated under Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Board Regulation No. 3, s. 2003 and other regulatory board issuances, more specifically on the following concerns:
1. Importation of controlled precursors and essential chemicals without PDEA license and import permit, as mandated by BR No. 3, s. of 2003, Sections 6 (2A) and 2(B), respectively;
2. Non-recording of dangerous drugs/controlled precursors in registers, according to BR No. 3, s. of 2003, Sections 38(7) and 39(2), respectively;
3. Late renewal of PDEA license, as per BR No. 3, s. of 2003, Section 6(8); and
4. Late submission of semi-annual reports, as directed by BR No. 3, s. of 2003, Sections 38(3) and 39(2).
Violations are dealt with in accordance with DDB Regulation No. 5, series of 2006:
For first offense, imposition of a fine of ten thousand pesos (PhP 10,000.00) and reprimand;
Succeeding violations are penalized under Section 32, Article II of RA 9165, as follows: imprisonment of at least six months and one day to four years and payment of a fine ranging from ten thousand pesos to fifty thousand pesos (PhP 50,000.00) shall be imposed, in addition to administrative sanctions.
PDEA RO VIII through its Compliance Section is reminding all licensees and permitees to renew their licenses and permits at least three months before the stated expiry date in order to avoid sanctions.
Inspection of semi-annual reports shall be conducted from January 1- 15, 2013 at the PDEA RO VIII office in Candahug, Palo, Leyte. (PR)