Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) envisions a community that is free from drug related crimes and health problems. It is created to protect the well-being of the Filipinos from health risks due to the use and consumption of dangerous and prohibited drugs.Identified as dangerous drugs are marijuana, shabu, cocaine, ecstasy, opiates or narcotics, inhalants, sedatives or hypnotics, and opium. It is mandated by Republic Act 9165 Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 to reinforce a more active anti-drug campaign and implementation of the existing laws forwarded by the Dangerous Drugs Board. PDEA works to put an end to illegal trafficking which covers the cultivation, trading, or sale of the drugs. It oversees the establishment of forensic laboratories stationed at every PNP office in provinces and cities.It is in charge of the custody of lawbreakers in possession of drugs. PDEA works in coordination with the PNP Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Force (PNP-AISSOTC) and National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force. Senior Undersecretary Dionisio R. Santiago is currently the Director General overlooking 17 regional offices.
The penalty for the possession of illegal drugs is life imprisonment to death with a fine ranging from P500,000 to P10,000,000 if the amount of drugs at hand is at least 10 grams of opium, morphine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana resin oil, or ecstasy; 500 grams of marijuana ; and 50 grams of shabu. Amount lesser or greater than stated has corresponding penalties.
Drug Enforcement Officer
The agency is in need of male or female drug enforcement officers, 21-35 years old,and a graduate of any course. He or she must pass the Civil Service Professinal Exam and willing to undergo training for six months. Also, applicants must be willing to take part in a law enforcement group.
Official Website of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (accessed on June 2, 2008)