PDEA: En­hanced co­op­er­a­tion key to curb­ing il­le­gal drugs

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MABALACAT CITY— The Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) high­lighted that strength­ened co­op­er­a­tion with other coun­tries is a ma­jor key in ad­dress­ing the il­le­gal drugs trade.

Speak­ing at the 24th Asia Pa­cific Drug En­force­ment Con­fer­ence in Tokyo, Ja­pan on Fe­bru­ary 26, PDEA Act­ing Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Ir­ish Calaguas cited the en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion of PDEA and in­ter­na­tional coun­ter­parts, which re­sulted to pos­i­tive ar­rests of in­ter­na­tional drug syn­di­cates mem­bers op­er­at­ing in the coun­try.

Calaguas, rep­re­sent­ing PDEA Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Aaron Aquino, re­ported the dis­man­tling of clan­des­tine lab­o­ra­to­ries in Ibaan, Bataan and the first ec­stasy lab­o­ra­tory in Mal­abon City last April 2018

as a con­crete ex­am­ple of good col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Nar­cotics Con­trol Com­mis­sion, Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China.

She also cited the good re­la­tion­ships of the Philip­pines with other coun­tries such as the US, Ja­pan, Aus­tralia, South Korea, In­done­sia, Malaysia and oth­ers.

Calaguas’ pre­sen­ta­tion, com­posed of 25 slides, tack­led the Philip­pine drug sit­u­a­tion and the drug con­trol strate­gies.

Calaguas also re­ceived pos­i­tive re­ac­tions from mem­ber coun­tries af­ter she ex­plained the harm re­duc­tion pro­grams of PDEA such as the Balay Si­lan­gan (House of Hope) Re­for­ma­tion Cen­ters and Sagip Batang Sol­vent (save the chil­dren who are sniff­ing sol­vent).

The Balay Si­lan­gan Re­for­ma­tion Pro­gram is a brain child of Aquino. It’s a pro­gram aimed to teach drug of­fend­ers liveli­hood pro­grams and life skills and pre­pare them for rein­te­gra­tion to so­ci­ety.

To date, a to­tal of 24 Balay Si­lan­gan have been in­au­gu­rated na­tion­wide.

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