The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in collaboration with other pertinent government agencies, on Thursday burned some P19.9 billion worth of dangerous drugs, considered the largest recorded quantity of prohibited substances and essential chemicals.
The prohibited drugs were destroyed in Trece Martires City in Cavite through thermal decomposition or thermolysis involving breaking down chemical compounds with the use of tremendous heat.
At 1,000 degrees centigrade, all dangerous drugs are totally decomposed or broken down, the PDEA said.
The incineration of the dangerous drugs was in compliance with the guidelines set on the custody and disposition of seized dangerous drugs under Section 21, Article II of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 1 of 2002.
PDEA director general Moro Virgilio Lazo presided at the activity.
Representatives from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police, non-government organizations and other concerned entities witnessed the destruction of the dangerous drugs.
The items were seized during anti-drug operations of the PDEA and other law enforcement units.
The PDEA conducted the destruction of the 3.7-ton drug stockpile at the Integrated Waste Management Inc. in Barangay Aguado, Trece Martires City.