BOC launches UN-based port control vs drug smuggling

The Port of Davao of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has launched a United Nations-based program that seeks to address smuggling, particularly of illegal drugs.

BOC Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz said new Port Control Office, launched from Nov. 23-25 by the Port of Davao headed by District Collector Erastus Sandino Austria, is aimed strengthening the capacities of national agencies responsible for security at ports and airports.

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"It seeks to improve risk management, supply chain security, and trade facilitation and prevent the cross-border movement of illicit goods," said Ruiz.

The Container Control Program (CCP) is part of the program of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The launching of the program is deemed necessary for BOC, especially that the bureau was dragged into the controversy during the past administration over the entry of over P6 billion worth of shabu.

photo: BOC

Ruiz said the CCP is operational in over 70 member states and equipped to exchange information with counterparts in other countries, which provides access to information, allowing users to share information about high-risk containers and verify their identification numbers.

Ruiz said a thorough discussion was also done regarding the technical needs assessment that will serve as a basis for UN support, such as equipment and the overview of required program activities.

photo: BOC

The event was attended by the regional head of the CCP, together with representatives from the Davao Customs Office, Risk Management Office, Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police Maritime Group, Major Shipping Lines, Chamber of Customs Brokers Inc and the Davao International Container Terminal Inc.