US gov’t helps renovate PDEA Academy classroom building

The government of the United States of America has helped in the renovation of a two-storey classroom building at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Academy in Camp Castañeda, Tartaria, Silang, Cavite.
“The completed project, which officially commenced on January 19, 2017 and was completed on August 21, 2017, includes the building’s furniture, fixtures and equipment,” said PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.
Aquino said the renovated building will be utilized for academic trainings of PDEA Drug Enforcement Officers (DEOs) undergoing a six-month comprehensive and regimented training program at the PDEA Academy under Superintendent Bryan Babang.
The US-sponsored classroom renovation project is under the auspices of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (USDEA) in cooperation with the Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF-W) and US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC).
The turn-over, inauguration and blessing ceremonies of the infrastructure were held at the PDEA Academy in Silang, Cavite on Thursday, October 5, 2017.
The event will be witnessed by Mr. Michael Klecheski, Charge’ d’ Affaires, US Embassy in the Philippines; Mr. Brandon Hudspeth, Director, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), US Embassy; Mr. Mark Juvrud, Country Attaché, USDEA, Manila Country Office; and Mr. James Ink, Senior Law Enforcement Advisor, Joint Inter-Agency Task Force West (JIATF-W).
“Aside from additional classroom spaces, the building will enhance the PDEA Academy’s mandated function to produce effective and efficient front liners in the national anti-drug campaign,” the PDEA chief said.