The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the National Narcotics Board, better known as Badan Narkotika Nasional (BNN) of the Republic of Indonesia, have agreed to strengthen their collaborative efforts to combat illicit trafficking and abuse of dangerous drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.
This is the agreement between the leaders of both organizations contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) slated for signing today in Malacanang by PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. and BNN head Anang Iskandar.
“Recognizing that illegal drugs pose a serious threat to the people’s health, security and general welfare and adversely affect a nation’s economic, social, cultural and political foundations, the Philippines and Indonesia have pledged to work together to liberate their territories from the clutches of the drug menace,” Cacdac said.
Under the MoU, the two countries agreed to establish and maintain cooperation involving information exchange on intelligence materials, methods of drug trafficking and their possible routes and new and emerging forms of illegal drugs, among others.
“The MoU embodies more than just a set of printed materials. Rather, it manifests in the strongest possible terms the ardent desires of both countries to pool their manpower, expertise, resources and efforts toward the achievement of a common goal,” Cacdac said.
Signing of agreements will be a highlight during the state visit to the Philippines by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on February 8-9.