Task force eyes to build command facility in war on drugs

Task force eyes to build command facility in war on drugs

THE One Cebu Inter-Agency Interdiction Task Force is eyeing to build a modern command center in Cebu City during their full council meeting on Wednesday, January 25.

The facility is where authorities can relay information and other updates about their anti-illegal drug operation.

It was agreed during the meeting that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA 7) will serve as the secretariat and speaker of the One Cebu Inter-Agency Interdiction Task Force (OCI-AITF).

The OCI-AITF also agreed to create a cluster office manned by their members to monitor the entry of illegal drugs in seaports.

The OCI-AITF is comprised of the different government agencies, such as the Police Regional Office (PRO 7), PDEA 7, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Customs, Mactan Cebu International Airport, Cebu Port Authority, Maritime Industry Authority, National Bureau of Investigation and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Task Force head Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said on Wednesday, January 25, she was hoping that the problem on illegal drugs would be reduced or even eliminated through the collaboration of the different government agencies.

The Coast Guard and police personnel are tasked to monitor the entry of contrabands in all seaports in the different local government units in the province.

Cebu has 22 seaports located in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay, Danao, Bogo and Toledo and the municipalities of Cordova, Oslob, Santander, Daanbantayan, and Camotes Island.

Mactan Cebu International Airport General Manager Julius Neri is also the task force overseer at the airport.

The PDEA 7 thanked Garcia for her support in their war against drugs. (PAC, TPT)


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