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PDEA buys P90M worth of equipment to boost war on drugs

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has procured over P90 million worth of logistical equipment this year to boost its campaign against illegal drugs.

PDEA chairman Director General Aaron N. Aquino yesterday said the P90.4 million worth of brand-new surveillance, communication, protective and office equipment and motor vehicles  will help enhance their  operational capability amid the rising stakes in the government’s war on drugs.

“With the persistent threat of illegal drugs in the country, PDEA continues to build up its capabilities, augmenting its operating units and Drug Enforcement Officers with the essential resources to thrive well in the war against drugs,” Aquino said.

The retired police general said to better monitor the drug suspects and their illegal activities, they have purchased surveillance/intelligence and communication equipment consisting of 20 remote controlled aircrafts or drones and 166 hand-held radios worth at least P10,270,000.

He said these newly-acquired surveillance and communication equipment will strengthen PDEA’s intelligence and information-gathering and investigative capabilities.
    
“In addition, PDEA procured 100 body cameras worth P2,900,000 to be worn by our agents during operations. They will be accompanied by members of the press/media presence during these operations to ensure a culture of transparency,” Aquino explained.
    
PDEA also bought 753 tactical helmets and 23 reloading machines amounting to P25,714,995.
    
“The firearm reloading and protective equipment are the newest addition to PDEA’s armory. These will increase our armaments in drug law enforcement, and will provide our operatives better protection during actual engagements,” Aquino said.
    
He added that they have purchased 470 printers and 100 laptop computers worth P11,293,245 to further improve their office equipment.
    
“Logistics is the lifeblood of every organization. PDEA has put premium on the modernization of equipment and supplies to better equip itself in waging an all-out war against illegal drugs,” he said.