MANILA Close to 1,000 applicants desiring to join the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have undergone the Qualifying and Neuro-psychological examination (QNPE) to become drug enforcement officers (DEO's).
The examinations were held on Sept. 30, 2018 in Davao City for Mindanao applicants; September 29 in Cebu City for Visayas applicants, and Baguio City; and October 1 at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City for Luzon applicants.
A total of 965 applicants comprising of 379 females and 586 males took the exams in the four testing centers.
An applicant must be 21-35 years old, a graduate of any bachelor degree with 2nd level eligibility for career service (Civil Service professional, board exam passer, or any examinations qualified by CSC under special laws).
Successful applicants who will pass the qualifying and neuro-psychological examinations will comprise Batch 2018-14 Drug Enforcement Officers Basic Course. They will undergo a six-month resident and rigorous training at the PDEA Academy in Camp General Mariano CastaAeda, Silang, Cavite.
The trainees will be honed to be the country's premier agents in the anti-illegal drug campaign of the government.
The six-month training includes basic DEO knowledge (unit tactics, techniques and procedures), legal studies, anti-illegal drug intelligence and investigation, narcotics interdiction, and community-based anti-illegal advocacy.
The PDEA Academy is currently training 166 agent-trainees of DEOBC Class 2018-12 who took their oath last April 16. The trainees are expected to graduate this October while DEOBC Batch 2018-13 that recently took their oath started their training last August 27-28, 2018. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency