Sun.Star Baguio

PDEA, riders up for dialogue

- Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Reporter

MOTORCYCLE courier delivery services in the Cordillera Administra­tive Region ( CAR) and the Philippine Drug Enforcemen­t Agency (PDEA-CAR) will hold a dialogue to prevent riders from being involved in illegal drugs

smuggling activities.

Gil Castro, PDEA – CAR regional director explained the dialogue will inform riders on what effective action must be done by courier delivery services to prevent illegal drugs from being delivered.

“There are instances that illegal drug smugglers use courier services but we already have a memorandum of agreement with them which allows us to conduct a random sweeping on their parcels. We are now in the planning process to meet our riders for a dialogue so that in cases where suspected illegal parcels are to be delivered using their courier service, it would not be the rider who does not have any informatio­n about the contents of the parcel that should answer for it but on who sent the parcel and to whom will the parcel be brought to,” Castro said.

Aside from the use of the courier services, PDEA – CAR also monitored the use of online trading as a way of distributi­ng illegal drugs in the region.

But based on its operationa­l accomplish­ments, PDEA have adopted to the modus of drug pushers where riders have been arrested, vehicles with food pass markings intercepte­d, and the use of courier services wherein personnel have been trained to detect questionab­le parcels for delivery.

PDEA – CAR recognizes the efficiency of establishe­d border control checkpoint­s in and out of the region to be one of the most effective measures which led to various arrest and seizures of illegal drugs.

“A big accomplish­ment of PDEA and Police Regional Office – Cordillera with regards to illegal drugs is that of our border control lockdown being implemente­d by the various local government units in the region. One commendabl­e LGU is Baguio City because it is here we seized a big percentage of illegal drugs, aside from Kalinga and Mountain Province that have the best border control manned by dedicated police personnel who always alerts us,” Castro added.

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