MANILA–The Philip-pine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is now a member of the National Intelligence Committee (NIC), an advisory body that addresses national security issues and concerns.
“PDEA’s membership in the NIC is a result of our request to President Rod-rigo Duterte to include the Agency in the committee to further strengthen our intelligence capability,” PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said in a statement Thursday.
Under Administrative Order No. 7 dated Sept. 22 on “Reorganizing the NIC to Provide Greater Unity and Cohesion of the Intel-ligence Community, Amen-ding for this Purpose Administrative Order No. 68 Series of 2003, and for Other Purposes”, the NIC, which shall continue to be chaired by the director general of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), shall be composed of the Depart-ment of Foreign Affairs, National Bureau of Investi-gation, Bureau of Immigra-tion, Bureau of Customs, Armed Forces of the Phi-lippines, Philippine National Police, PDEA, Philippine Coast Guard, and Office for Transportation Security.
The NIC, through the director general of the National Security Council (NSC), is authorized to call upon any department, bu-reau, agency or instrumen-tality of the government to become its member and/or to provide assistance in the acquisition and production of information/intelligence on a regular basis, speci-fically those necessary in the performance of its functions.
The NIC may desig-nate or invite resource persons from relevant units of the government that are not necessarily involved in intelligence work, but could otherwise provide relevant data to fill in information gaps, support intelligence build-up and boost efforts on meeting or satisfying particular intelligence requirements.
It may also review its existing standard commit-tees, technical working groups and secretariat to determine retention, disso-lution, replacement or creation of other related committees and groups to make the NIC more orga-nized, proactive and effec-tive in fulfilling its mandate.
“The fusion of accu-rate, relevant, reliable and timely intelligence materials among the NIC members facilitates the formulation of national security policies by President (Rodrigo) Duterte and the NSC,” Aquino said. PNA