PDEA, BOC re­new part­ner­ship against drug smug­gling

Sun.Star Pampanga - - STORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

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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IR­RI­GA­TION PUMPS. Fourth Dis­trict Con­gress­man Juan Pablo 'Rimpy' P. Bon­doc, Board Mem­ber Pol Balin­git and Cand­aba Vice-Mayor Michael Sagum led the re­cent turnover of ir­ri­ga­tion pumps to farm­ers and barangay of­fi­cials of Lour­des in the town.---

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