THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Friday turned over its 19 retired Narcotic Detection Dogs (NDDs), or K9s, to their new families in a ceremony at the PDEA K9 Unit facility in San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan.
The adopted retired NDDs include 14 Belgian Mallinois, one Dutch Shepherd, two Jack Russell Terrier, one Golden Retriever, and one German Shepherd.
PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said the adopters complied with the stringent requirements set forth in the Standard Operating Procedure of PDEA K9 unit.
A total of 84 prospective adopters attended the activity last August 17, 2018 but only 79 individuals submitted application form and underwent interview.
Among the requirements are the screening process and interview to determine their capacity to adopt the NDDs, and periodic monitoring of the NDDs with their adopters as specified in the Adoption Agreement Form of the K9 unit.
The adopted NDDs have been utilized in the anti-illegal drug operations in jail facilities, search and seizure, interdiction and checkpoint operations in different seaports and airports nationwide.
On September 10, 2018, PDEA recognized the retired K9s for their contribution in anti-drug operations that resulted in the seizure/confiscation of illegal drugs worth more or less Eight billion pesos and arrest of high-value target personalities.
As part of capacity and capability enhancement of its K9 unit, PDEA recently procured an additional 100 NDDs and hired 100 K9 handlers who are undergoing training in Zemog K9 Training Center in Antipolo City. After their six months training, the NDDs and their handlers will be deployed to the different PDEA regional offices nationwide.
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