THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Zamboanga Peninsula has strengthened its watch at the local wharf to prevent unscrupulous people from shipping illegal drugs through the port amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
The PDEA-Zamboanga Peninsula said in a statement that part of the measures is the deployment of the Seaport Interdiction Unit in coordination with the Philippines Ports Authority, through the Port Police Division.
It said the interdiction unit, backed by PDEA K9 unit, is conducting a random inspection, through K9 sweeping and paneling, on assorted cargoes inside the local wharf.
Commercial vessels continue to ply, although transporting cargoes only, from Zamboanga City to nearby provinces and vice-versa amid the community quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
So far, according to the PDEA-Zamboanga Peninsula, no illegal drugs were detected during the inspections they have conducted on assorted cargoes at the local port.
They also distributed PDEA Comics at local port to increase public awareness on the ill-effects of illegal drugs and in the campaign against dangerous drugs, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (SunStar Zamboanga)