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PIA Press Release
2009/06/11

PDEA taps 3 NGOs to champion war against illegal drugs

Tuguegarao City (11 June) -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Dionisio Santiago has welcomed the three organizations who expressed desire, interest and commitment to champion the noble cause of winning the war against illegal drugs in Region 2 and nearby provinces.

Santiago spearheaded the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between PDEA and the 1st Kalinga Ready Rescue Battalion (KRRB), 1st Cagayan Ready Rescue Battalion (CRRB) and the Samahan ng mga Mangingisda sa Rehiyon at Lokal (SAMARAL) to herald the onset of a better cooperation and coordination between law enforcement agencies and the community to fight against illegal drugs.

Santiago said the MOA signing is anchored on the spirit of law implementation and the desire to combine manpower, resource and efforts towards the achievement of the vision of a genuinely drug-free society.

"This is consistent with our thrust, which aims to empower various sectors, including government and non-government organizations to be more pro-active anti-drug crusaders and advocates," Santiago said.

He said drug syndicates, pushers and hand core users continue to abound in the communities but PDEA and the anti-drug crusaders take an honest effort in identifying the high value or high profile targets and cause the neutralization of said problem as the drug trade has become an immensely lucrative business.

During the visit of the Director-General in the region, he likewise awarded plaques and certificates of recognition to the Santiago City Police Officers and non-commissioned officers as commendation to their efforts and accomplishments on drug related activities.

Santiago further graced the anti-drug seminar and MOA signing activity in Cauayan City with the Isabela Volunteers Against Crime and the 1st Isabela Ready Rescue Battalion (IRRB). (Ver/PIA Cagayan) [top]

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