LEGAZPI CITY – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Bicol Region has recently acquired over P13 million worth of new equipment, boosting its campaign against illegal drugs in the region.
Among the new equipment the agency has received were 28 units of Galil assault rifles, two Toyota Hi-Ace vans, eight motorcycles, 35 bullet-proof vests, 35 Kevlar helmets, 35 hydration packs, six Canon cameras, eight desktop computers, 10 body cameras and a Celebrite equipment, PDEA regional director Christian Frivaldo said.
Frivaldo said in an interview that the Galil rifles, body armors, and vehicles would complement the existing Tabor and M4 carbine rifles, vest, cameras, and vehicles.
“The additional equipment would amplify our capabilities in pursuing the government war against illegal drugs in the next higher level,” he said.
Frivaldo said PDEA Bicol has 55 agents operating in the six provinces. With the acquisition of this new equipment, all personnel would be well-equipped during drug operations.
The new equipment is part of the agency’s modernization and procurement program, he added.