Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency celebrates 14th anniversary

PDEA headquarters ©
PDEA headquarters ©

“THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will continue to be steadfast and firm in performing its duties as the country’s lead agency against illegal drugs.”

Thus said PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. during the agency’s 14th Anniversary celebration on Friday at its National Headquarters in Quezon City.

Referring to the anniversary theme: “PDEA, Maaasahan Noon, Ngayon at Magpakailanman,” Cacdac noted that “PDEA is a reliable leader of the force fighting illegal drugs in the country for the past fourteen years and will continue to do so in the years to come.”

The Director General led the agency’s officials, personnel and distinguished guests in the celebration with Dangerous Drugs Board chair Felipe L. Rojas Jr., Chairman as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

Among the highlights of the program include the launching of the PDEA Training Manual, a handbook that will serve as effective guide for all PDEA personnel in charting their career paths; and the introduction of “Buster,” the official mascot of the Agency dressed in a yellow-colored PDEA badge.

At the same time, as a matter of tradition, the PDEA also honored its men and women who have demonstrated exceptional service over and above the call of duty.

The anniversary program also featured an audio-visual presentation which showcased the PDEA Director General’s Executive Report, summarizing the administrative and operational accomplishment of the Agency under his term from October 2012 to May 2016.

PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac ©
PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac

“Upon my assumption as Director General in 2012, I initiated the need for a holistic approach in improving all the vital components of the organization, namely human resource, facilities and equipment, and systems and procedures to strengthen the capability and competency of PDEA. Thus, operational thrusts and priority programs were institutionalized,” Cacdac said.

“It has been over three and a half years, since I took over the reins of PDEA’s leadership. Not everything comes as easy. But due to the steadfast support of all the men and women of PDEA, and stakeholders of the national anti-drug campaign, these achievements have brought the Agency to a higher level of credibility and competency, leading the Filipino people for a drug-free country,” he added.

On the culmination of his term, the Director General is hopeful that he has made a modest contribution to improve the quality of life of Filipinos by providing them safe and peaceful communities through effective and efficient drug law enforcement.

“PDEA will be better and bolder in freeing the country from the clutches of illegal drug problem,” the PDEA chief said.

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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