ADDITIONAL K-9 teams and drug sniffing dogs have been deployed by the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) in different seaports in the country to help thwart drug smuggling during the coming holidays, the Journal Group learned on Monday.
During the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day commemoration, PNP-DEG Narcotics Detection Dogs (NDDs) were sent to busy piers in Mimaropa, Visayas and Mindanao to help prevent possible drug smuggling, said PNP-DEG director, Brigadier General Remus B. Medina.
The official added the NDD deployment was done in line with a directive from PNP chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar to intensify their campaign against illegal drug trafficking as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“We are deploying our K-9 teams in seaports and public terminals to thwart drug smuggling being carried out by syndicates in these areas,” said Brig. Gen. Medina.
The 2nd wave of the simultaneous deployment of NDDs which started on Friday last week saw K-9 teams being dispatched to the Bredco Port in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Pier 3 located along Quezon Boulevard corner V. Sotto Street in Barangay Tinago, Cebu City; Bgy. Central II Port Area in Palompon, Leyte; Zamboanga City Port; the Macabalan Port in Bgy. Macabalan in Cagayan de Oro City; DAVSAM Ferry Wharf located along Kilometer 13 in Panacan, Davao City; and Port of Caminawit on Felix Avenue, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
Brig. Gen. Medina said the DEG K-9 teams underwent a series of seminars on anti-illegal drugs operational procedures prior to their deployment.
The official said they are particularly watching seaports and bus terminals since they are known to be favorite smuggling points of drug syndicates.
“By deploying our K-9 units, we are optimistic that we can prevent the possible transport and trafficking of illegal drugs in our seaports and bus terminals. This also comes vis-à-vis with our conduct of systematic patrolling and regular checkpoints to help local territorial units go after illegal drugs,” the PNP-DEG director said.
Brig. Gen. Medina said their NDDs are tasked to inspect the baggage and other belongings of passengers of RORO and buses.