Gov­ern­ment to be ‘fo­cused’ PDEA con­ducts qual­i­fy­ing and neuro ex­ams na­tion­wide on tam­ing in­fla­tion for aspir­ing agents

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THE Duterte gov­ern­ment re­mains “fo­cused” on en­sur­ing that the pace of in­crease in con­sumer prices will fur­ther slow down, Mala­cañang as­sured the pub­lic on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 5.

The Palace made the vow as the coun­try’s an­nual head­line in­fla­tion was at 4.4 per­cent in Jan­uary 2019, the slow­est pace since April 2019.

In a state­ment, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said the ex­ec­u­tive was “pleased” with the de­clin­ing trend of in­fla­tion rate.

“The Palace is pleased with the good news that for the third straight month, in­fla­tion con­tin­ues to drop, reg­is­ter­ing at 4.4 per­cent in Jan­uary 2019 based on the lat­est re­port of the Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity (PSA) which was re­leased to­day,” Panelo sai d.

“We will re­main on guard in mon­i­tor­ing the prices of ba­sic goods and com­modi­ties as we aim to mit­i­gate poverty and hunger, driven by the Pres­i­dent’s eco­nomic goal to lay down and build the foun­da­tion to a com­fort­able life for the present and future gen­er­a­tions,” he added.

The PSA re­ported that the Philip­pine in­fla­tion clocked in at 4.4 per­cent in Jan­uary this year, slower com­pared with De­cem­ber 2018’s 5.1 per­cent but faster than Jan­uary 2018’s 3.4 per­cent .

The lat­est rate of the rise in prices of goods was mainly driven by the slow­down in the an­nual in­crease in the cost of food and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages, eas­ing to 5.6 per­cent from De­cem­ber 2018’s 6.7 per­cent.

The PSA also at­trib­uted the fall in in­fla­tion to slower price in­creases in al­co­holic bev­er­ages and to­bacco (16.1 per­cent); cloth­ing and footwear (2.5 per­cent); hous­ing, wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, gas and other fu­els (four per­cent), health (4.3 per­cent), and trans­port (2.5 per­cent).

In Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber 2018, the coun­try’s in­fla­tion came in at a nine-year high of 6.7 per­cent.

De­spite the soar­ing prices of ba­sic goods and ser­vices last year be­cause of “un­con­trol­lable fac­tors,” Panelo said the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion was

CLARK FREEPORT— The Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) con­ducted the qual­i­fy­ing and neuro-psy­cho­log­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion (QNPE) for aspir­ing drug en­force­ment of­fi­cers (DEOs).

The ex­am­i­na­tions were held si­mul­ta­ne­ously on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 3, 2019, in Davao City for Min­danao ap­pli­cants; in Cebu City for Visayas ap­pli­cants; and Baguio City, and in PDEA Na­tional Head­quar­ters, Que­zon City for Lu­zon ap­pli­cants.

PDEA Direc­tor Gen­eral Aaron N. Aquino said that more than 2,000 ap­pli­cants took the ex­ams in the four test­ing cen­ters na­tion­wide.

An ap­pli­cant must be 21-35 years old, a grad­u­ate of any bach­e­lor de­gree with 2nd level el­i­gi­bil­ity for ca­reer ser­vice (Civil Ser­vice pro­fes­sional, board exam passer, or any ex­am­i­na­tions qual­i­fied by CSC un­der spe­cial laws).

“Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants who will pass the QNPE will com­prise the Drug En­force­ment Of­fi­cers Ba­sic Course (DEOBC) Class 2019-15. They will un­dergo a six-month res­i­dent and rig­or­ous train­ing at the PDEA Acad­emy in Camp Gen­eral Mar­i­ano Cas­tañeda, Si­lang, Cavite,” Aquino said.

The trainees will be honed to be the coun­try’s pre­mier agents in the anti-il­le­gal drug cam­paign of the gov­ern­ment. The six-month train­ing in­cludes ba­sic DEO knowl­edge (unit tac­tics, tech­niques and pro­ce­dures), le­gal stud­ies, anti-il­le­gal drug in­tel­li­gence and in­ves­ti­ga­tion, nar­cotics in­ter­dic­tion, and com­mu­ni­ty­based anti-il­le­gal ad­vo­cacy.

The PDEA Acad­emy is cur­rently train­ing 161 Agent-Trainees who be­long to DEOBC Class 2018-13 who took their oath last Au­gust 28, 2018 and are ex­pected to grad­u­ate this Fe­bru­ary 2019, while DEOBC Batch 2018-14 com­posed of 116 Agent-Trainees started their train­ing last Novem­ber 29, 2018, and will be­come full-fledged PDEA agents by May 2019.

Rec­og­niz­ing the need to aug­ment its work­force to ad­dress the im­mense drug prob­lem of the coun­try, PDEA hired and trained 542 DEOs in 2018. This is the largest re­cruit­ment of DEOs in the his­tory of PDEA un­der the lead­er­ship of Direc­tor Gen­eral Aquino.

Apart from pro­vid­ing re­in­force­ment to PDEA Re­gional Of­fices, Provin­cial Of­fices and District Of­fices of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR), grad­u­at­ing agents will be de­ployed to mon­i­tor the coun­try’s high-risk air­ports, 13 key sea­ports and 1,200 pri­vate sea­ports na­tion­wide. They will be in­volved in close scru­tiny of car­goes en­ter­ing the coun­try and will also sit be­side X-ray tech­ni­cians of the Bureau of Cus­toms (BOC) to help in the de­tec­tion of smug­gled il­le­gal drugs.

The Philip­pine Se­nate has also ap­proved an al­lo­cated bud­get of P200 mil­lion for the re­cruit­ment of ad­di­tional 1,000 PDEA agents in 2019.

“PDEA has lim­ited work­force. With the ap­proved bud­get for re­cruit­ment of more agents, the Agency will be able to face the tough grind in the war against il­le­gal drugs. This will en­hance our ca­pa­bil­ity in ad­dress­ing the drug me­nace which con­tinue to be one of the most se­ri­ous prob­lems fac­ing the coun­try to­day,” the PDEA chief said.

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