PDEA to House: We need more airport K9 dogs to sniff drugs, not bombs

Sep 1, 2017 @ 12:19

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency asked the House of Representatives committee on appropriations for almost P1 billion more in extra funding for its projects, including the acquisition of 13 drug-sniffing K9 dogs to be deployed in airports.

PDEA Acting Director for Financial Management Service Maria Lourdes Jacosalen said they got an offer from the Manila International Airport Authority to provide them K9 dogs from other agencies.

But there was a catch: They’re bomb-sniffers, not drug-sniffers.

“So iilan lang po ang K9 na nagdu-duty. Tapos di sila nagtatagal ng six hours. Napapagod na po mga yan. Merong ino-offer yung MIAA na K9 dogs ng ibang agency pero di sila experts sa drugs. They are more on bombs. So pag sa drugs, dapat po PDEA lang ang pwedeng mag-certify and train for drug-sniffing dogs,” she said.

On top of its proposed P1.4 billion budget proposal for 2018, PDEA is requesting an additional P934.5 million for the K9 dogs, as well as for the establishment of 81 provincial offices, five district offices and 33 highly urbanized cities offices; establishment of 13 seaport and six airport inter-agency drug interdiction task groups; recruitment, selection and training of 500 drug enforcement officers; and procurement of three incinerator machines.

Masbate lone-district Rep. Scott Davies Lañete, the vice chairman of the House committee on appropriations, said the procurement of the K9 dogs should be in the priority list as there are various airports in the country being monitored by PDEA.

“Di lang NAIA ang airport natin, we have also airports all over the country. We need to put K9 dogs in these airports, separately and individually,” he said.

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