BOC Port of Cebu deploys state-of-the-art scanners, intensifies PBBM’s war vs illegal drugs

BOC Port of Cebu deploys state-of-the-art scanners, intensifies PBBM’s war vs illegal drugs

By Junex Doronio
October 18, 2022

CEBU CITY — In line with the directive of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to halt the entry and proliferation of illegal drugs, the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Cebu under the leadership of District Collector Charlito Martin Mendoza has deployed 11 state-of-the-art x-ray scanners in the seaport and airport, including a modern portal x-ray machine that boasts high-resolution images capable of scanning 150 containers per hour.

On Tuesday, October 18, Mendoza met with officials of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region 7 to discuss collaborative measures to prevent the smuggling of illegal drugs into the country in response to Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s declaration of a “total, all-out war” against illegal drugs.

“The Bureau of Customs joins Governor Garcia’s campaign for a drug-free province. This is a welcome declaration considering the Commissioner’s policy on zero-tolerance of drug smuggling,” Mendoza said.

The BOC Port of Cebu district collector together with PDEA 7 Regional Director Levi Ortiz, and the Port’s Intelligence, Enforcement, and X-ray personnel attended the coordination meeting.

“We assure the Governor that the Port, with all its border security measures already in place will continue to man 24/7 the region’s possible entry points for illegal drugs and their precursors,” Mendoza stressed.

In a statement, the Port of Cebu said it has a long-standing partnership with the PDEA, and the latter is always participating in the daily examination of shipments through its well-trained officers and K-9 sniffing dogs stationed in ports and airports.

Both agencies conducted joint controlled delivery operations in the past, the latest of which was in July 2022 when a claimant from Cebu City was arrested for illegally importing P5M worth of ecstasy.

Maharlika TV also gathered that two Trace Detection System machines are installed to capture the presence of explosives, narcotics, and drug substances.

These machines complement the Port’s regular profiling activities conducted by its intelligence officers and the newly operationalized Port Control Office established in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). (ai/mtvn)

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