By Junex Doronio
November 14, 2022
CEBU CITY — In response to Cebu Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia’s call for a “total, all-out war” against illegal drugs, the Bureau of Customs-Port of Cebu under the leadership of District Collector Elvira Cruz has reaffirmed its commitment to intensify efforts to thwart the smuggling of all prohibited substances.
This was assured in the recent assembly hosted by the BOC-Port of Cebu with the heads and delegates from the regional offices of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDG).
“Times have changed, but the drug problem remains. We are here to learn and discuss if our current drug control policies are effective, identify those areas for improvement and sustainable ways to enforce these policies, and strengthen coordination with the drug enforcement agencies,” OIC-Deputy Collector for Assessment Conrado “Rady” M. Abarintos said in his opening statement.
Abarintos spoke on behalf of Cruz, the newly-installed District Collector of the premier port.
At the Drug Busters Assembly 2022 with the theme “Upskilling Frontline Drug Busters for a Safer, Peaceful Cebu” last Wednesday, he acknowledged the pressing societal problem of illegal drugs and stressed the government’s obligation for its total eradication.
“In the Port of Cebu, we believe that “a little goes a long way”. In our call for a drug-free Province, we start within our agencies by upskilling our officers to be effective in their jobs. This event, which we hope to be conducted annually, is a step to implement concrete initiatives and accomplish the things we pledged to achieve in our fight against illegal drugs,” Abarintos concluded.