DATE: June 7, 2022

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) continues to build solidarity with the 42,045 barangays across the country in the intensified fight against illegal drugs.

 PDEA Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva stressed this in his speech during the PDEA 20th Anniversary Celebration today (Tuesday), June 7, 2022 held at SEDA Hotel, Vertis North, Quezon City.

  “The fight against illegal drugs begins and ends in the barangays. Together with other drug law enforcement agencies, PDEA forged alliances with these communities to keep illicit drugs off the streets and protect the people away from the lures of drug abuse,” Villanueva said, referring to the anniversary theme, “Magka-agapay: PDEA at Barangay”.

The PDEA chief led the agency’s key officials, personnel and guests during the anniversary program. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was the Guest of Honor and Speaker who recorded a congratulatory video message to PDEA personnel.

As a matter of tradition done every year, PDEA honored the best performing Services and personnel who have demonstrated exceptional service over and above the call of duty.

The anniversary program also featured an audio-visual presentation which showcased the PDEA Director General’s Executive Report, summarizing the notable anti-drug accomplishments for the past 20 years. 

 Also highlighted in the presentation was the Barangay Drug Clearing Program (BDCP) as the main framework of the anti-drug strategy of PDEA in pursuing safer and drug-free communities.

 Holistic in nature and adopting a whole-of-nation approach, the BDCP enlisted the support of all stakeholders, duty bearers and local government units in barangay drug-clearing operations.

 “Assuming the role of a catalyst in spurring growth of healthy communities that are free from the ill effects of illegal drugs is the BDCP. I am confident that the program is our best chance in ultimately eliminating the drug menace,” Villanueva noted.

 A total of 25,061 barangays have been declared cleared from illegal drugs from July 1, 2016 to April 30, 2022.

 “Let us sustain the gains we have achieved in the last 20 years with the barangays as our allies in establishing self-policing and drug-resistant communities.  Together we can liberate our country from the clutches of illegal drugs,” Villanueva said.

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