PDEA: Enhanced cooperation key to curbing illegal drugs
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.