BOC, PDEA, PHLPost, conduct border security coordination forum
Bureau of Customs Port of NAIA and Port of Manila organized an Inter-Port coordination forum with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) to strengthen border protection initiatives on March 29, 2021.
Customs, Philpost, and Interdiction processes, operations and best practices were presented during the forum to ensure smooth inter-port and inter-agency coordination during the conduct of anti-illegal drugs operations.
The forum was attended by NAIA District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan, POM District Collector Michael Angelo Vargas, Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) Acting Subport Collector Mark O. Almase, Customs Postal Office Chief Dr. Zaldy Almoradie, PDEA NAIA-IADITG Deputy Commander Gerald Javier, Philpost Managers Donabel Asunsion and Roger Tumblos, with CMEC and Customs Portal Office (CPO) examiners, and BOC operatives – Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), Customs Intelligence & Investigation Service (CIIS), X-ray Inspection Project (XIP), and Customs Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force (CAIDTF).
NAIA District Collector Talusan said this forum is in line with the directives of Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero on intensified campaign against smuggling; and part of Port of NAIA’s continued inter-port assistance and coordination to further strengthen border protection.
POM District Collector Vargas said that this forum was initiated by both ports to boost the anti-smuggling and border security efforts of BOC and enhance the coordination with partner agencies. “It’s a good example of how two ports work together,” Vargas added.
Commissioner Guerrero also directed all ports to further intensify profiling, examination and inspection, and continue vigilance against entry of illegal goods during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Lenten season.