To effectively synchronize all efforts in the anti-drug campaign towards the attainment of a drug-free Philippines, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in collaboration with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted the Continuing Seminar on Anti-Illegal Drug Operations and Investigation.
P/SSupt. Alex B. Sintin, Provincial Director, Tarlac PPO, delivered his welcome remarks. He expressed his gratitude to DDB and PDEA for the conduct of the said seminar.
Asec. Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, DDB, read the message of Sec. Antonio A. Villar Jr., Chairman, DDB. In his message, he emphasized the need for the conduct of the training-seminar as this will enhance the capabilities of law enforcers in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations.
Director Randy Pedroso, Chief PDEA, IIS, discussed the Basic Anti-Illegal Drugs Intelligence. He tackled the development of cases, planning and validation of sources of information and presentation of practical approaches to offset modus operandi of drug syndicates.
The Salient Features of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 was explained by Atty. Rominagrace Yadao, PDEA Region III. She emphasized its significant provisions, unlawful acts and its penalties and the responsibilities of law enforcement officers.
Atty. Ronnie N. Cudia, Deputy Director, PDEA-NCR, talked about the Airport, Bus and Border Patrol Interdiction as well as the profiling of passengers, different methods of concealment and drug courier characteristics. While Director Belen M. Banog, Chief, PDEA Laboratory Services, discussed the Identification of Dangerous Drugs, Laboratory Equipment and Precursors and Essential Chemicals.
The Rules on Buy-Bust Operations and Inflagrante Case with Practical Exercises was explained by Director Ismael Fajardo, Chief SES, PDEA. He discussed intensively the rules and procedures that govern the responsibility of anti-drug unit in the application and implementation of buy-bust operations and inflagrante cases in accordance with RA 9165 and relevant Supreme Court decisions. He also tackled the topics: Basic Anti-Illegal Drugs Investigation, Rules on Search Warrant Operations with Practical Exercises.
During the last day of the seminar, P/Supt. Leonardo R. Suan, PNP-AIDSOTF, discussed the Rules on Clandestine Laboratory Investigation and Operation with sub-topics: Clandestine Laboratory Hazards, Investigation of Clan Lab and Storage Facility, Preservation of Clan Lab Evidence and Post Investigation of Dismantled Clan Lab. The PNP Manual on Anti-Illegal Drug Operations and the Rules on the Chain Of Custody was explained by Atty. Roque Merdegia, Legal Officer, PNP-AIDSOTF.
Fifty-six (56) Police Non-Commisioned Officers from different Police Stations of Tarlac and the Tarlac Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTF) and Drug Enforcement Officers from PDEA Regional Office III participated in the aforesaid seminar which was held last April 13-17, 2105 at the La Maja Rica Hotel, Tarlac City.