AIRPORT-IADITG CREATED TO ADDRESS DRUG SMUGGLING; MEMBER-AGENCIES SIGN MOA
To efficiently synchronize anti-illegal drug efforts in airports, an Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (Airport-IADITG) is hereby created for all airports under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) control and jurisdiction. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) shall lead the task group.
This is contained in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed on September 14, 2015 by PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., and Lieutenant General William Hotchkiss III, CAAP Director General, together with seven other government instrumentalities and their representatives from the Office for Transportation Security (OTS); Bureau of Customs (BoC); Bureau of Immigration (BI); Department of Justice-National Prosecution Service (DOJ-NPS); National Bureau of Investigation (NBI); and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force; and the PNP Aviation Security Group.
The MOA signing was held at the CAAP Board Room, 4th Floor, CAAP Admin. Building, Old MIA Road, Pasay City.
The MOA, which created the Airport-IADITG, requires all contracting parties to cooperate with one another and coordinate efforts to control the entry and exit of illegal drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals through the airports by providing support to the Airport-IADITG through detail of personnel, timely exchange and dissemination of intelligence, and maintenance and operation of the Airport-IADITG Operations Center, the administrative and operations hub of the task group.
Under the MOA, PDEA shall act as the Commander and Executive Officer of the Airport-IADITG through the Director General, take the lead role in the overall investigation, and subsequent filing of drug cases in cooperation with member-agencies and coordinate, support and monitor the operational activities of the task group.
“As we signed the agreement, we have again shown to the local and international community the closer working relationship among the member-agencies with interrelated mandates concerned with the safety and security of the country’s airports from illegal drugs,” Cacdac said.
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