DATE : July 31, 2020

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conferred the badges of the 51 new Drug Enforcement Officers during the graduation rites held in PDEA Academy, Camp Castaňeda, Silang, Cavite on July 31, 2020.

PDEA Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva said the Drug Enforcement Officers Basic Course (DEOBC) Class 2020-18 Mangalagad is the first batch to graduate under his term, and proud to see them full of zeal in carrying out their duties and responsibilities competently, professionally and with the highest ethical standard as new front liners in the battle against illegal drugs.

The Mangalagad Class which stands for “Mga Alagad na Nagkakaisa Para Gampanan ang Tungkulin na Labanan at Gibain ang Iligal na Droga” is the 18th batch to graduate in the PDEA Academy. They have undergone six months training under the supervision of PDEA Academy Superintendent, Director Lirio Ilao, where they were equipped with the essential knowledge and skills, and transformed into principled, skilled and well-rounded PDEA agents-- the primary implementors of Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The graduates will have a permanent plantilla position with an entry-level of Intelligence Officer I.

Villanueva himself had served as PDEA Academy Superintendent and supervised the DEOBC training of three batches of agents.

 For the record, Mangalagad Class is the smallest batch of graduates since the PDEA Academy was instituted in 2006, next to the DEOBC Class 2006-01 “Unang Sinag”, the pioneering batch which produced 55 graduates.

“The Mangalagad Class may be few in numbers but mighty in courage and spirit being hailed as front liners amid the coronavirus pandemic for the sake of saving the future of the next generations,” the PDEA chief said.

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