The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office 12 covers the areas popularly known as SOCCSKSARGEN, an administrative region in the Philippines located in Central Mindanao. SOCCSKSARGEN stands for the region’s four (4) provinces and a city, namely: South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City. The region is composed of forty-five (45) municipalities, three (3) cities (Koronadal City, Tacurong City and Kidapawan City) or one thousand one hundred fifty-eight (1,158) barangays as its areas of responsibility.
Koronadal City, being the regional seat of Region 12, issued Executive Order No. 36, which requires all government agencies to have their Office in the city. However, PDEA RO 12 opted to have its building situated in General Santos City because of the presence of seaports and airports in the area, where there is greater percentage of entry of illegal drugs. The city, aside from being the major trade hub in the SOCCSKSARGEN area, is also the center for commerce, industry and services in the region, thus, drug related crimes concomitant to progress may also occur.
On the other hand, PDEA RO12 still maintains its Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) entered into with LGU-Koronadal City regarding the use of portion of land in the Regional Center for possible Regional Office building construction upon availability of funds coming from the National Headquarters.