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PRESS RELEASE: #033/21

DATE: November 19, 2021

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) congratulates its very own Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva, for being a proud recipient of the Outstanding Filipino Luminary Awards 2021 for National Government Service.

Villanueva was among the adjudged luminaries, for his notable achievements and contributions in spearheading the national campaign against illegal drugs.

A Filipino luminary is someone who serves as a beacon of light and inspiration to others while making significant impacts in our country. The award also commemorates the resilient spirit of the Filipino people, and honors the leaders and prime movers of our society amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am deeply pleased, honored and humbled to accept this esteemed recognition. I thanked the organizers for placing their trust and confidence in hailing me as one of the Filipino luminaries this year,” Villanueva said.

The award is bestowed upon Villanueva for championing the Barangay Drug Clearing Program (BDCP)—the main framework of PDEA’s anti-drug strategy that embodies a holistic and whole-of-nation approach in addressing the country’s drug problem.

According to Villanueva, the BDCP is the answer to our illegal drug woes. “To emerge victorious is to eliminate illegal drugs barangay by barangay until there is no drug-affected barangay left,” he added.

Villanueva capably served our country for two decades in the field of drug law enforcement having worked in different capacities, both with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Narcotics Group, and as one of PDEA’s pioneering officers.

The Outstanding Filipino Luminary Awards 2021 was organized by the Espicom Group, in cooperation with MGI Philippines; Luque International; Rotary Club Diliman Central District 3780; and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

The awards night was held on November 19, 2021 at Conrad Manila Hotel, Seaside Boulevard, Coral way, Pasay City.

Part of the proceeds of the event go to charity. Among the beneficiaries are: “Fight Disease End Polio Now Program” under the Rotary Club Diliman Central District 3780; and White Cross Orphanage.

 

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