P R O F I L E
PDEA Regional Office - III
The problem on drug use and abuse first captured the national attention when one big time drug smuggler, was executed through a firing squad at Fort Bonifacio which was ordered by the late President Ferdinand E Marcos in 1972, It followed the passing of Republic Act of 1973 otherwise known as the Dangerous Drugs act of 1972 or RA 6425 was enacted into law to give more emphasis on the seriousness of the drug problem. However, the numerous incidents of rapes, killings, robberies and other heinous crimes perpetrated by drug crazed individuals also help draw attention to the problem. To address the problem, the government through Congress legislated RA 9165 or also known as “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”. The said statute was signed into law by then Preisdent Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on June 7, 2002 and took effect on July 4, 2002.
The effectivity of RA 9165 gave birth to the creation of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency which serves as the implementing arm of DDB shall be responsible for the efficient and effective law enforcement of all the provisions of RA 9165.
Section 84 of RA 9165 provides, among others, that PDEA shall establish and maintain regional offices in the different regions of the country which shall be responsible for the implementation of said law and its policies, programs, and projects in the respective regions. Pursuant to the aforecited provision of law, seventeen (17) regional offices including RO-3 were established.
Area of Responsibility
PDEA Regional Office 3 covers seven (7) provinces, namely: Aurora, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales, Bulacan and Tarlac; 116 Municipalities and two (2) chartered cities; Angeles City and Olongapo City, and 3,102 Barangays.
Region 3 lies at the heart of Luzon. It has the largest contiguous lowland in Philippine Archipelago. Its total mass of 1.8 million or 18,230 square meters is 7.1 percent of the total land area of the country.
Only 66 kilometers away from Metro Manila, Central Luzon contains the largest plain in the country and is the gateway to the Northern Luzon regions. It covers total land area of 21,470 square kilometers. The City of San Fernando, Pampanga is the regional center of Central Luzon.