In the never-ending fight against drugs, the Government, through the Dangerous Drugs Board is finding new ways to control and eradicate the illegal drugs trade. The DDB recently launched a 24 hour drug information and action line center that can be accessed through cell calls, text message or chat online. The center is aimed at informing Filipinos about drug use and getting tips on alleged drug smuggling, peddling and cover-ups made by prosecutors and police. As of January 14, the center has facilitated a total of 394 queries, complaints and tips.
The use of Information and Communication Technology has been a common trend among public service shows and broadcasts and the use of the government of such means to fight for a clean environment for Filipinos is a step that would encourage people to use such technology. However, the legal implications of the new system against possible infringement of privacy rights is yet to be truly tested, considering that it is a newly launched system. Indeed, only time will tell if such move by the government would be a boon or burden.