February 22, 2017 – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has been recognized by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for having the most number of accomplishments in terms of illegal drug-related operations from January to November 2016.
PDEA Chairman Isidro S. Lapena presented a plaque of appreciation to BOC officials in simple rites at the PDEA National Headquarters on December 7, 2016.
Lapena acknowledged the numerous apprehensions made by the BOC, especially at the Customs unit stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
For 2016 alone, the CAIDTF seized dangerous drugs amounting to more than P340 million as a result of 36 apprehensions which yielded cocaine, shabu, ecstasy, marijuana and other precursors.
Lt. Sherwin F. Andrada, executive officer of the Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF), ESS of the BOC Enforcement Group, said the BOC will continue to be on the look out for drug groups who would use airports and customs border to smuggle drugs into the country.
This effort is in line with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to BOC to apprehend all drugs and drug-related precursors that may pass through the customs borders.
“The war on drugs is the priority of the present administration, and BOC is committed to fully support this challenging task,” Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Group Ariel F. Nepomuceno said. #