PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency chair Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. on Wednesday bade farewell to his men and their counterparts and other supporters who helped them do their job effectively over the past four years and asked them to give the same cooperation to the incoming Duterte.
Cacdac , a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1978 who retired as a 3-star police general, said the PDEA with its 1,742 personnel has accomplished many things “but yet, there are still many things that can and must be done.”
“Soon, PDEA will have a new Director General who will take over my position. With this in mind, I wish to enjoin our partners to continue maintaining a healthy culture and climate of cooperation,” Cacdac said during the PDEA Partners’ Appreciation Night at Sulu Hotel in Quezon City.
Among those honored by the PDEA were Philippine National Police chief Director General Ricardo C. Marquez, represented by PNP deputy chief for operations Deputy Director General Danilo S. Constantino; PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group director Senior Supt. Manolo N. Ozaeta; National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Joel D. Pagdilao; Quezon City Police District director Chief Supt. Edgardo G. Tinio; PNP Special Action Force commander Director Moro Virgilio M. Lazo; and Police Regional Office 1 director Chief Supt. Ericson T. Velasquez, represented by PRO1 Chief Directorial Staff Senior Supt. Ferdinand Divina.
Cacdac enjoined those who supported the PDEA during the past 45 months to ‘continue working together and sharing not only best practices but our limited resources in pursuit of our noble cause.’
“PDEA alone cannot accomplish the huge task of effectively curbing the drug menace but together, we become strong allies in our war against illegal drugs,” he said while thanking his wife Celia and his foreign counterparts for fully supporting him through the years.
Cacdac assumed the top PDEA post on October 2012 and led the Agency’s operational and administrative accomplishments and milestones. During the period, PDEA conducted a total of 16,183 anti-illegal drugs operations resulting in the arrest of 7,590 drug personalities and smashed drug laboratory equipment worth P8.7 billion.