PDEA gives cash incentives to high-performing units

Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 27 2018 03:20 PM | Updated as of Dec 26 2018 10:58 PM

MANILA - For the first time in history, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) gave cash grants to anti-drug units whose work led to the arrest of high-value targets.

PDEA on Tuesday morning gave more than P6 million in rewards to five of its operating units as part of "PDEA Operation: Lawmen," an incentive program for "meritorious anti-drug operations."

According to PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino, the incentive program was launched in 2016 as a counterpart to a rewards program for civilians who provide information on drug suspects. 

Aquino said funding for these cash rewards come from the agency's annual budget.

Those who received incentives were the Special Enforcement Service, Intelligence and Investigation Service, Regional Office- Eastern National Capital Region, and Regional Office-Manila.

Six civilians were also given cash grants for providing information on illegal drug activities and suspects.

A total of P7.52 million was divided among the informants with codenames "Krugger," "Jacpat," "Mata," "Keeper," "BI-1," and "Highway Man."

Private individuals who wish to provide information on illegal drug activities can send a report to PDEA through fax number (02) 927-2799, by email ([email protected]), or through the PDEA hotline 0927-915-0616.