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AFP to review PDEA applicants’ fitness

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on the review of medical and physical examination results of applicants for entry-level positions of drug enforcement officers (DEO).

PDEA director general Aaron Aquino and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. signed the MoA at the PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City, with key PDEA and AFP officials as witnesses.

Under the agreement, the AFP pledged to render professional services to PDEA by providing the needed medical specialists composing the AFP Medical Board No. 1 for the review, reevaluation and revalidation of the DEO applicants’ personal health history sheet, physical examination and laboratory results, medical and dental examination results and related diagnostic procedures.

The decision of the Medical Board is either recommendatory or non-recommendatory in nature.

The AFP Medical Board No. 1 provides the highest standards of medical/physical selection process in the AFP as exemplified by its processing and evaluation of Philippine Military Academy candidates and qualifiers.

The AFP Medical Board No.1 is composed of an internist/cardiologist, general surgeon, radiologist, ophthalmologist, ORL-HNS/ENT, obstetrician-gynecologist and orthopedic surgeon/specialist.

The PDEA Academy regularly holds the Drug Enforcement Officers’ Basic Course (DEOBC), a six-month comprehensive and regimented training on drug law enforcement at Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.

The Academy is responsible for the recruitment, selection and training of all PDEA agents.

“PDEA extends its deepest appreciation to the medical evaluation and validation assistance provided by the AFP Medical Board No. 1. The agreement is definitely a big boost to the selection process of aspiring PDEA agents to determine their fitness to undergo the rigorous DEOBC training,” Aquino said.

The PDEA Academy is currently training 114 agent-trainees belonging to DEOBC Class 2019-17 who took their oath last 7 November 2019, and are expected to graduate this May 2020. Another 68 incoming agent-trainees of DEOBC Class 2019-18 are scheduled to begin their first day of training on Friday, 31 January.

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