THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Thursday distributed to its offices and operating units some P189,086,902 worth of vehicle, computer and forensic equipment needed to boost the agency’s capability the war on drugs.
“We have equipped our units with the new equipment as part of our continuing capability build-up in the war against drugs,” said PDEA chief Director General Aaron Aquino, noting the need for the agency to better equip its men whose lives are always in constant danger as they confront defiant drug traffickers who are known to be armed with sophisticated weaponry, vehicles and communication equipment.
Aquino said to improve the productivity of its personnel, the agency purchased 135 computer units worth at least P8,257,901.79.
The agency also bought 86 units of a device worth P89,791,000 to improve the efficiency of its digital investigations.
It also acquired 43 units of Toyota Hi-Ace worth P61,834,000; 20 units of Toyota Vios worth P17,275,000 and 151 units of Yamaha motorcycles worth some P11,929,000.
Aquino also led the distribution of firearms, surveillance, protective and office equipment, and motor vehicles to its national and regional offices.
“PDEA has put priority on the modernization of its logistics and capabilities in keeping with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s order to intensify the war against drugs,” Aquino said.