Drug Task Force (CAIDTF) shall be selected and under the direct control and supervision of the BOC Commissioner. However, the PDEA Director General may recommend the removal/replacement of any member for just causes, and after observance of due process.
The operational control of the BOC CAIDTF should be in the hands of the BOC Commissioner, while the operational supervision should be shared by the PDEA Director General and BOC Commissioner.
PDEA shall deputize selected members of the BOC CAIDTF in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations.
Under the MOA, PDEA is committed to establish a comprehensive information collection plan to obtain information on illegal drug activities from sources at all levels, and provide a database system to serve as repository of the same. Also, PDEA shall provide the BOC with any intelligence information regarding all shipments suspected to contain illegal drugs and CPECs.
“The MOA also deputizes PDEA personnel to join the BOC in enforcement inspections of all shipments and cargoes pursuant to the country’s customs laws,” Aquino said.
On the other hand, BOC, besides sharing and assisting in the gathering of intelligence information and investigation of suspected drug smuggling activities, pledged to provide access to authorized members of PDEA during the conduct of physical examination on shipment with derogatory information, and random inspection of cargoes of pure CPECs covered with PDEA permit, among others.
Likewise, the BOC agree to promptly turn-over to PDEA any person apprehended for violation of the antidrug law, and confiscated dangerous drugs, CPECs, and laboratory equipment, after a proper inventory has been conducted.
“The new agreement is an opportunity for PDEA and the BOC to formally strengthen their partnership in the fight against illegal drug trafficking, emphasizing the need for transparency, and closer coordination and cooperation in the interception of smuggled drug contraband,” the PDEA chief said.