Drug enforcement agents’ exam in Mindanao on July 14

SP02 Ma. Rosario Yambao- Suarez, chief of PDEA's preventive education and community involvement division told MindaNews the test will be held at the Davao City National High School from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.

The examiners announced applicants should be in the testing center by 6 a.m.

PDEA announced the hiring of around 2,000 new agents nationwide in time for the end of its five-year agreement with the Philippine National Police.

Suarez said around 300 will be recruited from Davao City but could not give figure how many of the 2,000 would come from Mindanao.

Created in 2002 by the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act with the Dangerous Drugs Board, PDEA's personnel was composed of police personnel detailed to field offices nationwide.  

The PNP recalled its personnel this month, leaving the PDEA with in interim status as new personnel are still being trained.

Suarez admitted they were caught flat-footed on the recall of their colleagues to the PNP. But they are awaiting a new agreement with the police for a new batch of personnel to fill in their shortage.  

She said walk-in applicants will be accepted on Saturday.

PDEA's mandate includes the implementation of the national drug control strategy formulated by the Dangerous Drugs Board.

According to its website, the PDEA is mandated to carry out a national drug campaign program which shall include drug law enforcement, control and prevention campaign with the assistance of concerned government agencies and undertake the enforcement of the provisions of RA 9165 relative to the unlawful acts and penalties involving any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemicals.

It is also tasked to investigate all violators and other matters involved in the commission of any crime relative to the use, abuse or trafficking of any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemicals.