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Philippine Drug Enforcement-10, in coordination with Philippine National Police, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and Office of Transportation Security, ensure safety of passengers at Laguindingan Airport, Misamis Oriental. Photo by Rodolfo D. Mendoza for PIA-10

Drug task group in airport underway

LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental — There will be an Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG) soon at Laguindingan Airport here.

An offshoot of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport IADTG, this is a replication effort in effectively addressing the transnational crime of illegal drug smuggling using ports of entries.

The memorandum of agreement, which will create IADITG in Laguindingan, requires all contracting parties to cooperate with one another and coordinate efforts to control or suppress the entry and exit of illegal drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals through the Laguindingan Airport by providing support to the inter-agency task group through detail of personnel, timely exchange and dissemination of intelligence, and maintenance and operation of the Operations Center, the administrative and operations hub of the task group.

Under the agreement, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency shall act as the commander and executive officer of the IADITG, take the lead role in the over-all investigation and subsequent filing of drug cases in cooperation with member agencies and coordinate, support and monitor the operational activities of the task group.

For his part, Aviation Security Unit 10 chief Supt. Raniel Valones reminded passengers, “Pack your own things when inside port premises to prevent from becoming a drug courier.” (pia x)

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