PH Drug Enforcement Agents to be deployed in seaports

IN an apparent bid to seal the country’s porous borders from drug traffickers, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is deploying 110 new agents to 13 key seaports and 1,200 private seaports nationwide.

The new agents is part of the 126 recent graduates of the Drug Enforcement Officer’s Basic Course Maragtala Class 2017-10. The graduates were given their badge during a simple graduation rites last December 12 at the PDEA Academy at Camp Castaňeda, Silang, Cavite.

The remaining 16 new agents will be assigned to PDEA’s Financial Investigation Unit to enhance the agency’s capability to follow drug money trail and investigate possible money laundering activities.

PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said the 110 agents will be involved in close scrutiny of cargoes entering the country and will also sit beside X-ray technicians of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to help in the detection of smuggled illegal drugs.

The deployment of the agents is one of the provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to be entered into by PDEA and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

The proposed MOA was discussed during the visit of Macario Almario III, MARINA Administrator; to Aquino.

Aquino stressed that the partnership between PDEA and MARINA is a big boost to curb the incidence of smuggling of illegal drugs into the country using the seaports.

This is a big boost in our intensified anti-drug campaign, particularly in our seaports where bulk of illegal drugs are smuggled. In addition, they will be our new eyes and ears against drugs syndicates who take advantage of the country’s porous shoreline which serves as entry and exit points of illegal drugs,” Aquino said.

The PDEA, which is the lead agency in the national anti-drug campaign, continues to forge agreements with government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the private sector to strengthen the government’s efforts to rid communities of illegal drugs.

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