The President gave a command to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to managed an intensified and more focused campaign against drug trafficking in the Philippines.
According to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., the key elements in the President’s order includes the Five Pillars of Action under the National Drug Program of Action 2015 to 2020 — Drug Supply Reduction; Drug Demand Reduction; Alternative Development; Civic Awareness and Response; and Regional/International Cooperation.
“The President said all concerned government agencies should concentrate on preventing the spread of illegal drugs at its source, while stopping smuggling and manufacturing activities,” the Secretary said in a statement, after Pnoy’s meeting with the members of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in the Palace.
“President Aquino said law enforcement agencies should prioritize their actions based on the level of threat to the community in order to protect the welfare of the country, especially our youth,” Coloma added.
The Secretary also said that according to the report given by PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac, 13,792 individuals had been detained from 2010 to 2014.
“Last year, the PDEA apprehended over 1,000 high-value targets and charged more than 2,000 drug personalities in various areas in the country. The PDEA would also double its clearing operations at the barangay level and would push for the hiring of more agents to strengthen its law enforcement operations,” he added.
Secretary Coloma also pointed out in agreement with Aquino’s instruction, Secretary Janette Garin said the Department of Health is carrying out the repair, facilities improvement and expansion of drug treatment and rehabilitation centers in the country, for which P393 million is being spent this year, while another P400 million will be disbursed in 2016. — PNA
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