PDEA, BOC renew partnership against drug smuggling
A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed by PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino and BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.
The two agencies agreed to hold monthly regular meetings to discuss operational matters, the current status of the programs to be implemented under the agreement, and the formulation of necessary strategies to meet its objectives.
“Under the agreement, PDEA and BOC agree to observe utmost transparency to fulfill the conditions stated in the MOA, to create a drug interdiction Task Group to promote a closer working relationship between the parties, and exchange best practices and knowledge concerning smuggling, importation, transportation, and transshipment of dangerous drugs through seminars and workshops,” Aquino said.
The present MOA is an amendment to the previous agreement between PDEA and BOC signed on September 10, 2010. The new agreement states that PDEA shall take charge and have custody of seized and/or surrendered illegal drugs, and CPECs during BOC’s anti-illegal drug operations, and take the lead role in the conduct of antidrug operations and investigation.
Among the general provisions stated in the new agreement, members of the BOC Customs Anti-Illegal
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