By Chito Chavez
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) today inaugurated its enhanced training facilities at the PDEA Academy in Camp Castañeda, Tartaria, Silang, Cavite that will be used to hold two Drug Enforcement Officer Basic Course (DEOBC) classes.
PDEA aims to hire 1,000 agents annually under the agency’s recruitment program with a budgetary allocation of P100 million through congressional insertions intended for recruitment.
PDEA director general Aaron Aquino said the facilities were made possible through the support of the United States government which sponsored the renovation of the classroom building, where the old one-story now became two stories.
Aside from the two classrooms, the newly developed facilities include quadrangle annex, tent barracks (1 to 6), kitchen building, outdoor toilet and shower rooms, and the water distribution system improvement.
With these facilities, we can now allow the simultaneous holding of two DEOBC classes at the academy. In the past, the academy can only conduct a single batch of DEOBC class, now we can conduct two classes,” Aquino said.
At present, the PDEA Academy is home to 215 agent-trainees (110 females and 105 males) who are undergoing the DEOBC Class 2017-11 training.
They are in the fourth month of training and had just started with their fifth module.
The training runs from December 12, 2017 to June 14, 2018.
Aquino noted that DEOBC Class 2018-12, composed of 184 agent-trainees, will enter the academy at the end of the fourth month of the current DEOBC Class 2017-11.
The facilities will also enable the academy to host live-out trainings even if there is an ongoing DEOBC, where the lower floor serves as classroom for agent-trainees, while the upper floor serves as the venue for other trainings where the participants do not stay overnight at the academy.
to host live-out trainings even if there is an ongoing DEOBC, where the lower floor serves as classroom for Agent- Trainees, while the upper floor serves as the venue for other trainings where the participants do not stay overnight at the Academy.