PDEA provides training for personnel handling minors involved in illegal drugs

November 10, 2012 12:23 am 

MANILA, Nov. 9 — To improve their expertise in dealing with minors involved in the illegal drug trade, some 40 Drug Enforcement Officers and personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency underwent an intensive training on the proper handling of minors in conflict with the anti-drug law from Nov. 5 to 9.

Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., PDEA director-general, said that through the "Training on Handling Arrested Minors Involved in Illegal Drug Activities," PDEA personnel are now better equipped in handling arrested minors.

“The agency would like to improve its performance in handling minors involved in illegal drug activities to support the thrust of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council,” said Cacdac.

”At the same time, we would like to address the future schemes of syndicates using children in their illegal drug activities,” he added.

The five-day training was held in Tagaytay City.

Trainers from the JJWC conducted the training, using five modules covering: The Self and Context; Child and Childhood, Context and Rights; Understanding Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL); Republic Act No. 9344: Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006; and Managing Cases of CICL.

“This effort also adheres to the PDEA’s core values of professionalism and respect for human dignity, thereby providing specialized programs for vulnerable groups such as children, as embodied in the United Nation Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation Towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem,” Cacdac said.

Cacdac said that based on the consolidated data of the Agency, from 2003 to 2011, a total of 923 minors, aged seven to 17 years, were arrested for violation of Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“Drug syndicates take advantage of Section 6 of R.A. 9344 by using children as drug couriers. Said law exempts minors or children 15 years old and below from criminal liability, hence, minors arrested for involvement in illegal drug activities were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),” the PDEA chief said. (PNA)

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