Philippine Star
by Miriam Garcia Desacada

PALO, Leyte – The regional head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) yesterday identified 15 areas in Eastern Visayas as hot spots for illegal drug trafficking.

Lawyer Gil Pabilona identified the ro-ro (roll on, roll off) port of Allen in Northern Samar as the main transshipment point of illegal drugs like shabu.

Pabilona also tagged the ports of Liloan, Sogod and Maasin in Southern Leyte; Naval in Biliran; Tacloban, Ormoc, Hilongos, Palompon, Calubian and Isabel in Leyte; Catbalogan and Calbayog City in Eastern Samar; and Allen and San Isidro in Northern Samar.

Pabilona said drug traffickers mainly use ro-ro ports due to the lack of strict inspection procedures there.

To address the problem, the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Ports Authority have been asked to inspected cargoes on board ro-ro vessels.

Pabilona said PDEA would ask local government units (LGUs) to provide K-9 dogs to help Customs and PPA personnel in checking shipments for illegal drugs.

“Of course, the drug menace in the country is everybody’s concern. Without the support of the local officials in this campaign we really cannot move on,” he said.

Pabilona lamented that some LGUs in Eastern Visayas are not actively taking part in the anti-illegal drug campaign.

The PDEA, as the lead agency in the campaign, has also started coordinating with barangay officials in the region to reactivate their respective Barangay Anti-Illegal Drug Councils.

The PDEA will also tap Bantay Dagat, which campaigns against illegal fishing, to secure shorelines against the entry of illegal drugs.

3 COMMENTS

  1. since 1995 up to the present, what happen to this island province Biliran nga naa man ang mga Espina sa executive branch sa ato govyerno, ngano wala man sila makasumpo sa illegal drugs niining atong isla?

    Pangutana: pro-youth o anti-youth ba ang mga Espina, ngano wla man nila ma control ang pagkalat sa gidili nga druga?

  2. This is a very alarming and disturbing report to me as a town official of Naval.

    In our regular session tomorrow (Monday), I am scheduled to deliver a privilege speech before the Council regarding this issue.

    I was able to agenda also my two proposed ordinances that I believe will both help in addressing this problem of illegal drugs in Naval, to wit;

    1. proposed ordinance organizing and institutionalizing the naval anti drug abuse council.

    2. proposed ordinance for the creation of the local youth development council of naval.

    I am working on launching this peoples movement, Biliranon Against Drugs (BAD). I am exerting effort to invite DBB Chairman Sec. Tito Sotto and PDEA Director General Dionisio Santiago to both grace this proposed event hopefully soon in the Naval Institute of Technology.

    Walay politika, kitang tanan magkahiusa sa pagsumpo sa droga.

    For more info, text/call BADLINE: 0921-209-1111

  3. KAUNA (AS IN COUN.) NANG IMONG MGA PULONG DARNA! KUWENTA KARON KA PA LANG MADISTURBO SA PROBLEMA SA ILLEGAL NGA DRUGA DINHI SA NAVAL. DUGAY NA MI KAHIBAWO ANA UY. UG KAHIBAWO MI NGA BANDIDO ANG UNANG PROTEKTOR SA PAGBAHA SA DRUGA DINHI. BISAN PA UG PANGUTAN-ON NIMO KADTONG WALA NA DUMDUMA.

    NGANONG MUTOO MAN MI NIMO NGA DAGHAN MAN KAHIBAWO SA IMONG GAWI BAHIN SA HITHIT UG HINGGOK. DILI MI MOSALIG SA IMO UY. KAY MORA KA LANG UG MISAY NGA PABANTAYON SA ISDA. UG DILI NI PINOLITIKA HA?

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