By Chito A. Chavez
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has turned to social media to strengthen the public’s awareness on the programs and initiatives of country’s lead agency handling the government’s relentless war on drugs.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said the agency opted to turn to social media for a faster, wider and timely dissemination of information and accomplishments of the national anti-drug campaign.
He noted that PDEA, in its bid to reach a wider audience, has set up its own accounts on Facebook and Twitter using the following usernames: FB Account: Pdea [space] TopStories;FB Page: PDEA [space] Top [space] Stories and Twitter Account: [email protected]
With PDEA opting to use social networking site, Aquino noted that this serves as “an open invitation to all Facebook and Twitter users to visit our online venues’’.
He said that interested parties can access the accounts to read up-to-date news, activities, advisories and press statements of PDEA, and share the content as widely as possible.
The PDEA added that the public can now post comments and suggestions that may come handy in the government’s continuing war aagainst illegal drugs in the country.
Every insight means a lot to us. After all, we are together in this fight,” Aquino said.
“Aside from the traditional media, Aquino said the agency has recognized the power of social media in the valuable information dissemination.
He cited that social media has impacted and influenced public consciousness to a new level that the agency finds very essential to improve its assigned tasks.
“We are tapping these platforms to fill-in the necessary gaps for better understanding and appreciation of the government’s campaign against the drug menace,” he added.