CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Central Luzon stepped up its anti-drug operations and advocacy campaigns in the provinces Aurora, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.
In a statement, PDEA-Central Luzon Director Joseph C. Ladip said the region has recorded notable anti-narcotics accomplishments and seizures of huge amount of illegal substances.
Ladip said the region is vulnerable in the entry of illegal drugs because of its strategic location, plus the existence of vast shorelines and airport.
To address the problem, he said, PDEA-Central Luzon initiated an inter-agency collaboration with its partner agencies like Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration, Department of Justice-National Prosecution Office, Philippine National Police, Clark International Airport Corporation, which led to the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on August 27, 2014.
The MOA created Clark International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (CIAIATG), which aims to suppress entry of illegal drugs in Clark International Airport.
Ladip added that another strategy implemented by PDEA in suppressing illegal drugs is the conduct of Greyhound Operation in all jail facilities in Central Luzon.
Operation Greyhound or the search of jail facilities is a preventive measure in preventing entry of illegal drugs and other contraband inside the prison cell.
Last August 11, 2011, PDEA and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding among its component is for PDEA to conduct Greyhound in coordination with BJMP on the latter’s jurisdiction and jail facilities.
The intensified crackdown of illegal drugs and contraband in jails continues as PDEA-Central Luzon conducted its first Operation Greyhound at Zambales Provincial Jail last October 2017 where 11 pieces of sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu were seized by the search and seizure team, he said.
“Other Greyhound Operations were conducted in different BJMP facilities, district and provincial jails in Central Luzon from October 2017-present and we intend to do it in all jail facilities in the region,” Ladip said.
He added that the creation of Clark International Airport Inter-Agency Interdiction Task Group and the intensified Greyhound Operations aim not only in enhancing the capabilities of other agencies in monitoring ports and seaports but more so in preventing entry of illegal drugs and contraband in jail facilities.
In demand reduction (preventive educational programs) side, the region has recorded 208 anti-drug advocacy lectures from January 2017 up to December 2017 which covered schools, workplace (public and private), barangays and other law enforcement agencies.