PR3922016The Director General of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) attended the 37th Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Senior Officials on Drug Matters (ASOD) on August 24 to 27, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.

PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said that during the four-day affair among the topics discussed range from addressing key challenges on the evolving drug scene and strengthening cross-border cooperation among ASEAN member states.

ASOD is a forum for ASEAN cooperation in drugs and narcotics control aimed to consolidate and strengthen collaboration efforts in the control and prevention of drug problems in the region.

Senior officials representing the 10 ASEAN member countries of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the ASEAN Secretariat attended the regional meeting.

“This is a clear and positive indication of the firm commitment of PDEA and neighboring countries in the Southeast Asian region to share best practices on the current drug trends, develop operational strategies to combat international drug trafficking and collectively respond to these challenges,” Lapeña said