PDEA kailangan ng dagdag-tauhan sa mas epektibong drug war

PDEA kailangan ng dagdag-tauhan sa mas epektibong drug war

November 27, 2022 @ 4:14 PM 2 months ago

MANILA, Philippines – Nangangailangan ang Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) nang karagdagang pwersa upang mas maging epektibo at episyente ang kanilang pagtugis sa lahat ng mga sindikato ng illegal na droga sa bansa.

Ayon kay dating PDEA director general Wilkins Villanueva, gagawin ng mga sindikato ang lahat ng makakaya nito upang magpatuloy ang operasyon at dahil dito, dapat na malabanan din ito ng mas maraming pwersa ng mga ahente.

“Despite the country’s intensified fight against illegal drugs, PDEA, being the lead agency in the anti-drug campaign, is plagued by lack of manpower. Currently, PDEA has a limited frontline capability with only 2,014 drug enforcement officers,” ani Villanueva.

“Unlike their military and police counterparts, PDEA agents are paid a modest salary and receive less compensation and benefits. In many instances, PDEA agents are deployed in distant and unfamiliar regions, thus placing great strain on their relationship with family and loved ones. They also logged extended and erratic hours doing covert and surveillance operations behind enemy lines,” dagdag pa niya.

Inihayag din ni Villanueva ang panganib na kinakaharap ng mga tauhan ng PDEA sa kampanya kontra illegal na droga.

“Every single day is a risk for operatives of PDEA. Whenever they swing into action, they constantly put their lives in peril, all in line of duty. Each time PDEA agents like Investigation Agent III Daniel Discaya, Assistant Provincial Officer of PDEA Regional Office III-Pampanga Provincial Office, head out to work, they encounter armed and dangerous drug dealers, or henchmen of powerful drug trafficking syndicates waiting in the shadows.” RNT/JGC