FOUR Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency units on Tuesday were rewarded with cash for meritorious anti-drug operations.
PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino handed the reward amounting to PhP7,594,992.24 to the agency’s Special Enforcement Service (SES), Intelligence and Investigation Service (IIS), Regional Office-National Capital Region (RO-NCR) and Regional Office III (ROIII) during a simple awarding ceremony at the agency’s National Headquarters in Quezon City.
“These PDEA operating units received cash rewards under PDEA Operation: “Lawmen,” an incentive program for law enforcers or members of the anti-illegal drug units/teams or task forces, including the support unit/s after the conduct of laudable anti-drug operations,” Aquino said.
Operation: “Lawmen,” been institutionalized through Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation Number 1, Series of 2016, that took effect on September 3, 2016 and is the counterpart of Operation: “Private Eye (OPE),” a reward nd incentive scheme for civilian informants.
DDB regulation No. 1 Series of 2016 classifies as meritorious anti-drug operations that are:
1. Successful arrest of the violator/s and seizure, confiscation or surrender of dangerous drugs, plant sources of dangerous drugs, and controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs) in any part of the country, or
2. Seizure of high volume or quantity of the same made possible through the conduct of search warrant operation, buy-bust operation, eradication, interdiction, interception, controlled delivery operation, checkpoint, inspection or search and seizure in detention, jail, correctional or prison facility and other legitimate operations.
Among the PDEA operating units, PDEA-IIS received the maximum reward of PhP2,000,000 after dismantling a large-scale clandestine shabu laboratory along Quirino Highway, Baesa, Quezon City on May 30, 2017.
A cash reward also of PhP2,000,000 was granted to PDEA ROIII following a lawful search which resulted in the confiscation of 71,205.90 grams of shabu worth PhP356.03 million in BF Martinville Subdivision, Barangay Manuyo, Las Piñas City on June 13, 2017.
PDEA ROIII likewise received PhP171,926.32 after the successful implementation of a search warrant in Multinational Village, Barangay Moonwalk, Parañaque City on June 7, 2017. Seized during the operation were 2,980.10 grams of shabu worth PhP14.9 million.
PDEA-SES received PhP1,423,784.58 for a recovery operation that led to the seizure of 18,672.8 grams of shabu, worth PhP59.75 million in Tangali Street, Barangay San Jose, Quezon City on February 9, 2017.
Meanwhile, PDEA RO-NCR, which accomplished the most number of commendable anti-drug operations, has received the following cash rewards:
|Date of Operation||Area of Operation||Result of Operation||Type of Operation||Amount of Reward (PhP)|
|March 23, 2018||Parking 5, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa||Seizure of 13,785.9 grams of shabu worth PhP68.9 million, and the arrest of three drug personalities||Buy-bust||789,989.34|
|July 31, 2017||NAIA Terminal 1, Pasay City||Seizure of 6,200 grams of cocaine worth PhP26 million, and the arrest of a Bolivian drug courier||Airport Interdiction||P414,073.50|
|December 19, 2017||NAIA, Pasay City||Seizure of 2,948.30 grams of shabu worth PhP14.7 million and the arrest of two drug personalities||Airport Interdiction||238,489.25|
|March 23, 2018||Chino Roces Ave., Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City||Seizure of 2,815.5 grams of shabu worth PhP14 million, and the arrest of a Chinese national||Buy-bust||196,899.88|
|July 19, 2017||NAIA Complex, Andrews Ave., Pasay City||Arrest of four drug personalities||Airport Interdiction||187,374.17|
|November 13, 2107||Phil. General Hospital, Manila||Seizure of 1,772.17 grams of cocaine worth PhP7.4 million, and the arrest of a Colombian national||Interdiction||115,225.42|
|December 13, 2017||Valdez Street, Upper Bicutan, Taguig City||Seizure of 1,001.1 grams of shabu worth PhP5 million and the arrest of three drug personalities||Buy-bust||38,256.81|
|November 13, 2017||3rd Level Parking, SM Sta. Mesa, Manila||Seizure of 506.7 grams of shabu worth PhP2.5 million and the arrest of one drug suspect||Buy-bust||18,972.97|
Also, a proportionate amount shall be given to support units of these anti-illegal drug operations.
“Any government agency exercising law enforcement function, or support unit, are entitled to reward under their own “Operation: Lawmen” program. Non-monetary awards through recognition and commendation shall also be given to deserving law enforcers,” Aquino pointed out.
To deliberate and grant the claims of monetary rewards and the appropriate non-monetary awards pursuant to the DDB regulation, PDEA Operation: “Lawmen” Committee was created.
The committee is a five-member panel composed of a Chairperson designated by the Head of Agency/Bureau/Office, the Head/Chief of Financial Management Service/Department of the Agency/Bureau/Office, and representatives from the business sector, academe and religious sector, who have proven themselves for integrity and probity.
“Besides issuing awards and recognition, financial reward system is another way of motivating drug law enforcement units to go the extra mile,” the PDEA chief said.
Last March 27, 2018, five PDEA operating units have received monetary rewards amounting to PhP6,079,918.55 under PDEA Operation: “Lawmen.”
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