DATE: July 27, 2020

Six operating units of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) received monetary rewards amounting to ₱5,916,765.78 for meritorious anti-drug operations.

PDEA Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva personally handed the rewards to PDEA-Intelligence and Investigation Service (PDEA-IIS), PDEA-Special Enforcement Service (PDEA-SES), PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR), PDEA Regional Office V (PDEA ROV), PDEA Regional Office VII (PDEA ROVII), and PDEA Regional Office VIII (PDEA ROVIII) in simple rites on July 27, 2020, at the PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City.

“These PDEA operating units received cash rewards under PDEA Operation: “Lawmen”, an incentive program for law enforcers or members of the anti-illegal drug units/teams or task forces, including the support unit/s after the conduct of laudable anti-drug operations,” Villanueva said.

Operation: “Lawmen”, having been institutionalized through Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation Number 1, Series of 2016 on August 3, 2016, took effect on September 3, 2016. The program is the counterpart of Operation: Private Eye (OPE), a reward and incentive scheme for civilian informants.

Classified as meritorious anti-drug operations are the successful arrest of the violator/s and seizure, confiscation or surrender of dangerous drugs, plant sources of dangerous drugs, and controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs) in any part of the country, or seizure of high volume or quantity of the same made possible through the conduct of search warrant operation, buy-bust operation, eradication, interdiction, interception, controlled delivery operation, checkpoint, inspection or search and seizure in detention, jail, correctional or prison facility, and other legitimate operations.

Among the PDEA operating units, PDEA-IIS received the highest reward of ₱1,396,068.85 following an interdiction operation in Manila International Container Port - Container Freight Station 3 (MICP-CFS3), Manila on March 22, 2019, resulting in the confiscation of 276,349.82 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, worth ₱1.8 billion.

A cash reward of ₱792,920.00 was also granted to PDEA-IIS after the implementation of a search warrant in Purok 5, Barangay San Ildefonso, Magalang, Pampanga on September 7, 2016, that led to the dismantling of a small-scale clandestine shabu laboratory, the seizure of 488.2 grams of methylephedrine, and the arrest of seven drug personalities.

₱542,156.57 was awarded to PDEA-SES after the successful conduct of a buy-bust operation along Molino Boulevard, corner Aguinaldo Highway, Talaba 4, Bacoor, Cavite on March 5, 2020, that led to the seizure of 15,007.27 grams of shabu, worth ₱102.05 million, and the arrest of three drug personalities.

PDEA RO-NCR received ₱937,523.67 following an entrapment operation along Tabayoc Street, Barangay Sienna, Quezon City on December 24, 2019, which resulted in the confiscation of 117.7 kilograms of shabu worth ₱800.3 million, and the arrest of one drug personality.

The amount of ₱594,721.19 was given to PDEA ROV after an interdiction operation in Matnog Seaport, Matnog, Sorsogon on January 16, 2020, that led to the seizure of 19,486.9 grams of shabu worth ₱132.49 million and the arrest of two drug personalities.

₱528,000.00 was awarded to PDEA ROVII after the successful conduct of a marijuana eradication operation in Sitio Capio-an, Barangay Sunog, Balamban, Cebu on November 14, 2019, which led to the destruction of 22,000 pieces of fully-grown marijuana plants worth ₱4.4 million, and the arrest of three drug personalities.

PDEA ROVIII received the reward of ₱1,125,375.50 following a land interdiction operation along National Highway, Gandara, Samar on October 17, 2019, resulting in the confiscation of 87,835 grams of shabu, worth ₱597.28 million, and the arrest of six drug personalities.

“Any government agency exercising law enforcement function, or support unit is entitled to a reward under their own “Operation: Lawmen” program. Non-monetary awards through recognition and commendation shall also be given to deserving law enforcers,” Villanueva pointed out.

To deliberate and grant the claims of monetary rewards, and the appropriate non-monetary awards pursuant to the DDB regulation, PDEA Operation: “Lawmen” Committee was created.

The committee is a five-member panel composed of a Chairperson designated by the Head of Agency/Bureau/Office, the Head/Chief of Financial Management Service/Department of the Agency/Bureau/Office, and representatives from the business sector, academe and religious sector, who have proven themselves for integrity and probity.

“Besides issuing awards and recognition, the financial reward system is another way of motivating drug law enforcement units to go the extra mile,” the PDEA chief said.

# # #