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PDEA gets P189M worth of equipment

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The President’s all-out drive against illegal drugs has so far resulted in the surrender of more than 1.3 million drug personalities and the arrest of 84,467 others.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against criminality, particularly on illegal drugs, got a boost with the acquisition of P189 million worth of equipment and vehicles by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said that the agency already distributed the equipment to its units to enhance their operational capability.

Aquino said the acquisition is part of the efforts of PDEA leadership “to continually build up its capabilities and mobility in the war against drugs.”

He said the efforts to buildup PDEA capability was meant to keep in step with President Duterte’s all-out campaign against illegal drugs.

“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.

To boost up the productivity of its personnel, the agency purchased 135 computer units worth P8,257,901.79. The agency also bought 86 units of modern device worth P89,791,000 to improve the efficiency of digital investigations.

PDEA also acquired 43 units of Toyota Hi-Ace worth P61,834,000, 20 units of Toyota Vios worth 17,275,000, and 151 units of Yamaha motorcycles worth P11,929,000 to improve its mobility.

Earlier, PDEA distributed firearms, surveillance, protective and office equipment, and motor vehicles to its national and regional offices.

On Thursday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) also inaugurated P1.6 billion worth of various equipment to further improve its anti-criminality capability.

The PDEA and PNP are working hand in hand in pursuing Mr. Duterte’s all-out drive against illegal drugs which has so far resulted in the surrender of more than 1.3 million drug personalities while 84,467 others were arrested during 62,751 law enforcement operations from June 30, 2016 up to June 13, 2018.

A total of 3,151 drug personalities were also killed during the operations.

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