DATE: February 16, 2022

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) opened its K9 Team Leaders’ Course Batch 2022-02 in a ceremony held today Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at the PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City.

Seventeen K9 Handlers and their Narcotics Detection Dogs (NDDs) are slated to undergo the course which includes subjects such as Supervising K9 Operations, Illegal drugs Smuggling, Legalities Related to K9 operations, and Inter-Government Cooperation.

“This course is designed to simulate real-life settings and situations in jail facilities, airports and seaports. It [the training] will strengthen the bond between man and partner dog, and create confident and abled K9 team leaders,” stated Undersecretary Wilkins M Villanueva, PDEA Director General and the ceremony’s Guest of Honor and Speaker, as he addressed the assembled group of students, training staff, and PDEA officers.

The course will be conducted in the PDEA K9 Headquarters in Sitio Lambakin, Barangay Sto. Cristo, City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. The K9 Headquarters trained and equipped the current 183 K9 Handlers and 116 NDDs fielded by PDEA in seaports, airports, and other critical facilities all over the country.

These K9 teams are extensively used in anti-drug operations such as cargo and parcel searches, events monitoring, and in search and seizure operations in jails and custodial facilities.

“The PDEA K9 Team Leaders’ Course is the next step in our effort to further professionalize the systems pertinent to the operation of our K9 resources. This would bolster the monitoring and interdiction capabilities in the country’s airports and seaport”, the PDEA chief concluded.

Four months ago, 64 K9 handler-trainees, together with their partner NDDs, belonging to K9 Handler’s Basic Course 2021-05, Class “Magiting, successfully concluded their six-months rigorous training at the PDEA K9 Headquarters, Bulacan.

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