The Bureau of Customs (BOC) received a plaque of appreciation from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for having the most number of significant drug-related operational accomplishments from January to November 2016.
The award was presented by Chairman Isidro S. Lapena, Chairman NALECC-SCDDCC/DG, PDEA at ceremonies held at the PDEA National Headquarters on 7 December. Chairman Lapena acknowledged the numerous apprehensions made by the Bureau, especially at the Customs unit stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
For the year 2016, the CAIDTF apprehended dangerous drugs amounting to more than P340 million as a result of 36 apprehensions which yielded cocaine, shabu, ecstasy, marijuana and other precursors.
Lt. Sherwin F. Andrada, Executive Officer of the Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF), ESS of the BOC Enforcement Group, stated that the Bureau will continue to be on the look out for drug groups who would use our airports and customs border to smuggle drugs into the Philippines.
This effort is in line with the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to BOC to apprehend all drugs and drug related precursors that may pass thru the customs borders.
“The war on drugs is the priority of the present administration, and BOC is committed to fully support this challenging task,” Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Group Ariel F. Nepomuceno said.