US turns over handheld drug analyzers worth P3.6-M to PH gov’t

Published December 3, 2020, 5:31 PM

by Roy Mabasa

The United States government has turned over P3.6 million ($75,000) worth of handheld drug analyzers to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to help counter the influx of illegal drug in the Philippines.

Representatives from the US Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and US Drug Enforcement Administration joined Philippine Customs officials during the handover ceremony at the BOC office in Port Area, Manila on Thursday, Dec. 3. 

BOC Commissioner Leonardo B. Guerrero, in his remarks, said the three units of handheld drug analyzers will greatly contribute to the Philippine government’s efforts against illegal drugs.

US Embassy INL Director Kelia Cummins, on the other hand, said, “We are pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to the Bureau of Customs’ operational capability.”

On Wednesday, the US Department of State’s INL concluded a three-day conference as part of its overall collaborative effort to provide up-to-date, relevant, and evidence-based information on drug prevention interventions to the 230 participating Anti-Drug Abuse Coalition of the Philippines (AADAC).

INL has provided P1.6 million ($33,000) to support the virtual 3rd National Conference of the AADAC held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, in partnership with the country’s Dangerous Drugs Board and Department of the Interior and Local Government.

AADAC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with 27 local member organizations across the Philippines.  INL Manila previously supported the successful 1st and 2nd National Conferences of AADAC.