By Chito Chavez
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is now more driven in fulfilling its anti-illegal drug tasks to the hilt after garnering a high satisfaction rating in its war against illegal drugs.
PDEA spokesperson Derrick Arnold Carreon, in his report, said that based on the 2019 Social Weather Station (SWS) survey conducted from June 22-26, 2019, 82 percent of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the government’s drug war, and yielded an “excellent” net satisfaction rating of +70 percent.
“This is a welcome development amid the naysayers against the government’s campaign against illegal drugs coming from domestic and international critics,” the PDEA statement read.
Carreon said the latest SWS poll result motivates PDEA to do even better and do more.
PDEA, the country’s lead agency on illegal drugs, has vowed to carry on with its aggressive supply reduction operations and holistic approaches to prevent people from wanting and taking illegal drugs while offering interventions to soften the impacts of drug use and save the lives of drug users and surrendering drug pushers.
“Filipinos’ satisfaction with the drug war inspires PDEA in the execution of its duties and responsibilities. It also proves that the citizenry felt the anti-drug campaign, with PDEA and other law enforcement agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP) earning the people’s trust and support,” the statement added.
Carreon noted that meeting the public’s expectation is the ultimate reward to the “hard work, dedication and sacrifices of PDEA operatives, giving renewed vitality for the agency to continue to perform its mandate with equal fervor and intensity to clear our barangays from the evil clutches of dangerous drugs,”
According to the survey, rounding the top five reasons for the respondents’ high approval on the war on drugs are: drug suspects have lessened (40 percent); drug suspects have been arrested (18 percent); lessened crime (13 percent); it diminished the drug trade (8 percent); and improved peace and order (5 percent).
“Net Satisfaction with the national anti-drug campaign has always garnered either very good or excellent ratings in the past 11 survey rounds of the SWS,” the PDEA statement concluded.