Wanted: New PH DEA agents

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has started recruiting for new agents in a bid to further strengthen the government’s ranks in its war against illegal drugs,

“Chosen applicants will have an opportunity to become part of the elite anti-drug law enforcement organization in the country,” said PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña.

He added, however, that before being accepted as new Drug Enforcement Officers (DEOs) with an entry level position of Intelligence Officer 1 (IO1), a permanent item with Salary Grade 11, the candidates will have to undergo a six-month comprehensive and regimented Drug Enforcement Office Basic Course (DEOBC) Class 2017-10 at the PDEA Academy, Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda, Silang, Cavite..

Lapeña said the PDEA is looking for 21-35 years old, men and women, at least 5’ in height for females and 5’2” for males, holder of a Baccalaureate Degree, Career Service Professional Eligible, Board Passer or qualified by the Civil Service Commission under Special Laws.

Interested applicants may send their letter of application addressed to ISIDRO S. LAPEÑA, PhD, CSEE, Director General, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, NIA Northside Road, National Government Center, Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City with an attached original copy of a Personal Data Sheet (CSC Form Number 212), the applicant’s mobile number/s and email address/es, and photo copies of NSO-issued Birth Certificate, official Transcript of Records, college diploma and Certification of Eligibility.

Applications may be forwarded or submitted through personal delivery at the PDEA Academy Liaison Office, PDEA National Headquarters, NIA Northside Road, National Government Center, Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City; or the Courier Service at PDEA Academy, Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda, Tartaria, Silang, Cavite; or via email at For more information, please visit the official PDEA website:

If under height, applicants who are members of an ethnic group must secure a height waiver issued by the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Lapeña added.

“Qualified applicants shall take qualifying examinations, neuro-psychiatric tests, medical and dental examinations and physical fitness test, and shall undergo background investigation and panel interview.”

Meanwhile, Lapeña said his office has been receiving reports that some individuals are fraudulently representing the PDEA to “facilitate the candidates application” in exchange for monetary consideration.

“At the outset of the recruitment process, we are receiving reports that some spurious individuals or groups are fraudulently representing PDEA and are demanding/accepting processing fees to as much as P3,000 as payment from applicants. We encourage the public to report such incidents immediately by calling PDEA Hotlines: 920-0735 and 920-0736,” Lapeña 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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