PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac. Image courtesy of latestnews.ph

MANILA–As of the third quarter of 2012, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has already delivered 9,850 successful operations, exceeding the required minimum target by 2.7 percent, Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr said.

“ The agency, whose commitment to the government was to deliver not less than 9,591 successful anti-illegal drug operations for the year, has easily eclipsed the mark,” newly-installed Usec. Dacdac said in a statement to Manila Channel.

Usec. Cacdac further said his agency has also successfully met the government’s requirements through its Organizational Performance Indicator Framework (OPIF), which comprises the major final outputs, performance indicators and targets.

“The agency was evaluated by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting systems headed by the Department of Budget and Management ,” according to Usec. Cacdac.

Aside from exceeding this year’s target in drug operations, the anti-drug agency was also adjudged as model among government agencies under the Office of the President just recently.

The award was based on its performance indicators and targets for the fiscal year of 2012.

“The agency sets an example on quantity, quality and timeliness in the delivery of government service to the public, thereby promoting the bureaucratic principles and practices of the Anti-Red Tape Act, or ARTA,”

As this developed, PDEA also took pride in arresting another female Thai national to smuggle about three kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, on Sunday.

The suspect was identified as Raphirat Sukkasem, 30 years old, a businesswoman from Sapan Song, Bangkok, Thailand.

Also PDEA was able to conduct series of operations leading to the arrest and identifications of some members of an international African drug syndicate now operating in the country, recruiting Filipino drug mules.