MANILA — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that sealed their partnership in advocacy and local legislation to establish, coordinate and implement the Anti-Drugs Campaign of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino and PCL National Chairman Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang inked the agreement on Monday evening at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.
Aquino said the MOU is a partnership and a leap forward in strengthening the anti-drug campaign of Duterte.
“The MOU is an action towards achieving drug-free local government units leading to a drug-free Philippines, and with PCL as our partner, our communities can move as one and with full strength towards the realization of a drug-free Philippine society”
-PDEA Director General Aquino
The drug problem is considered a national security threat because of the debilitating effects of drug abuse to persons, communities and the nation as a whole, needing the utilization of all available government resources to accomplish the provisions of RA 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
PDEA is authorized under RA 9165 to enlist the assistance of any department, bureau, office, agency or instrumentality of the government, including government owned or controlled corporations, in the anti-illegal drugs drive, which may include the use of their respective personnel, facilities and resources for a more resolute detection and investigation of drug related crimes and prosecution of drug traffickers.
With the PCL as its partner, the agency expects a more efficient and effective system in addressing the drug problem at the grassroots level.
The PCL is willing to extend assistance and support to PDEA, through close monitoring and feedback system, and data validation in the implementation and enforcement of its anti-drug campaign.