Our Mandate

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is responsible for efficient law enforcement of all provisions on any dangerous drugs and/or precursors and essential chemicals.

Our Functions

As the lead agency in the fight against illegal drugs, the law confers PDEA with the following functions to attain its mission:
1. Implement or cause the efficient and effective implementation of the national drug control strategy formulated by the Dangerous Drugs Board;
2. Undertake the enforcement of the provisions of Article II of RA 9165 relative to the unlawful acts and penalties involving any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemicals;
3. Administer oath and issue subpoena and subpoena duces tecum relative to the conduct of investigation involving the violations of RA 9165;
4. Arrest and apprehend as well as search all violators and seize or confiscate the effects or proceeds of the crimes as provided by law;
5. Take charge and have custody of all dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals seized, confiscated or surrendered to any national, provincial or local law enforcement agency;
6. Establish a forensic laboratory in each PNP office in every province and city in order to facilitate action on seized or confiscated drugs, thereby hastening their destruction without delay;
7. Recommend to the DOJ the forfeiture of properties and other assets of persons and/or corporations found to be violating the provisions of RA 9165 and in accordance with the pertinent provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001;
8. Prepare for prosecution or cause the filing of appropriate criminal and civil cases for violation of all laws on dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals, and other similar controlled substances;
9. Monitor and if warranted by circumstances, in coordination with the Philippine Postal Office and the Bureau of Customs, inspect all air cargo packages, parcels and mails in the central post office;
10.Conduct eradication programs to destroy wild or illegally grown plants from which dangerous drugs may be extracted;
11.Initiate and undertake the formation of a nationwide organization which shall coordinate and supervise all activities against drug abuse in every province, city, municipality and barangay;
12.Establish and maintain a national drug intelligence system in cooperation with law enforcement agencies, other government agencies/offices and local government units that will assist in the apprehension of big-time drug lords;
13.Establish and maintain close coordination, cooperation and linkages with international drug control and administration agencies and organizations;
14.Create and maintain an efficient special enforcement unit to conduct an investigation, file charges and transmit evidence to the proper court;
15.Require all government and private hospitals, clinics, doctors, dentists and other practitioners to submit a report to it;
16.Coordinate with the DDB for the facilitation of the issuance of necessary guidelines, rules and regulations for the proper implementation of RA 9165;
17.Initiate and undertake a national campaign for drug prevention and control programs, where it may enlist the assistance of any department, bureau, office, agency or instrumentality of the government, including government-owned and/or controlled corporations; and
18.Submit annual and periodic reports to the DDB as may be required from time to time, and perform such other functions as may be authorized or required under existing laws and as directed by the President.