The United States has partnered with Philippine government agencies and law enforcement officials for many years to reduce drug demand, provide training on anti-narcotics techniques, and enhance the criminal justice sector’s ability to handle drug cases.
Support for Drug Demand Reduction
- Since 2017, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs has budgeted more than $5,250,000 (Php 266,700,000) for drug demand reduction programs in the Philippines. These programs reduce substance abuse through prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and policy development.
- USAID’s $15,000,000 (Php 762,000,000), five-year, RenewHealth: Expanding Access to Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation project works in partnership with Philippine government agencies and communities to improve the quality of community-based drug rehabilitation and recovery (CBDR) and reduce drug dependence. RenewHealth will enable healthy behaviors and demand for CBDR services; enhance the quality of CBDR services; and strengthen the policies and systems for sustainable CBDR service delivery.
- USAID’s $100,000 (Php 5,080,000) Zones of Positive Change program creates safer spaces in Metro Manila for people who use drugs, through a comprehensive community rehabilitation program based on respect for human rights and harm reduction.
Anti-Narcotics and Law Enforcement Training
- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Manila Country Office provides training on a range of narcotics-related topics: drug interdiction, evidence processing, interview techniques, chemical diversion investigations, clandestine laboratory investigations, and other specialized narcotics-related topics.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation, through its Legal Attaché in Manila, regularly shares knowledge and capabilities, and provides training on a range of law enforcement best practices, including interviewing techniques, evidence collection, and leadership training.
- The United States collaborated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in 2013 to establish the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG). Since its inception, the NAIA-IADITG has successfully deterred, prevented, and apprehended a range of narcotics shipments to transnational criminal drug trafficking organizations and their affiliates operating in the Philippines.
- The Department of Justice, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training conducts regular trainings with prosecutors and investigators on the rule of law. These trainings and roundtables cover investigative techniques, effective ways to build criminal investigations while protecting human rights, and handling of cases in court.
- The U.S. government, through the Drug Enforcement Administration, also hosts and invites its Philippine law Enforcement partners to the International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) annually. IDEC is a global forum that provides an opportunity for senior drug law enforcement officials to meet, deliberate, and determine the most effective strategies to attack and defeat criminal drug trafficking organizations.
- The U.S. Embassy has supported the travel of Philippine delegates participating in demand reduction conferences, such as the annual International Society for Substance Use Professionals conference and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Training Institute. These international conferences expose senior government officials to international standards in both prevention and treatment.