PR1592016The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Department of Health (DOH) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the medical assistance extended by the latter to PDEA personnel should an emergency case arise related to drug control enforcement operations.

The MOA signing was held on March 29, 2016 at the PDEA Main Conference Room, PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City. The main signatories were PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. and DOH Secretary Dr. Janette Garin, represented by Dr. Nestor Santiago, Jr., Assistant Secretary for Health Operations, DOH. The event was witnessed by PDEA key officials and DOH personnel.


Under the agreement, DOH shall allow PDEA personnel and person/s under its custody to avail the health services of 72 DOH-Retained Hospitals nationwide without payment of cash deposit, provided that he/she presents a valid PDEA ID, a Letter of Authorization issued by the PDEA Administrative and Human Resource Service (AHRS), a duly-accomplished PHILHEALTH form upon confinement (for non-emergency cases) and within 72 hours from the date of confinement (for emergency cases).

Upon discharge, the amount of PHILHEALTH and other health insurance company benefits, if any, shall first be deducted from the hospital charges, bill and fees, payable by PDEA personnel to the DOH-Retained Hospitals.

“PDEA extends its deepest appreciation to the medical support from admission to release, given by the DOH. The assistance is definitely a big boost to the morale and welfare of PDEA agents and personnel who risked life and limb while in the line of duty,” Cacdac said.