PDEA acquires 100 dogs for intensified anti-drug ops

PDEA acquires 100 dogs for intensified anti-drug ops

The Philippine government has intensified its war on illegal drugs, now that we are already in the second half of President Rodrigo Duterte’s six year term.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in its desire to enhance operational ability just welcomed 100 new K9 handlers and their partner drug-sniffing dogs as the newest members of its K9 interdiction unit.

PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said man-and-dog teams belonging to PDEA K9 Handlers’ Basic Course 2018-14 Class “Nagtalad” which stands for “Nagsanib na Tao at Aso Laban sa Droga” has graduated at Zemog K9 Training Center, Sitio Puting Bato, Inarawan, Antipolo City.

K9 handlers and their partner-drug sniffing dogs queue up at the welcome ceremony for new members of the K9 interdiction unit of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) (photo credit to PNA)

Aquino said the 100 newly-recruited PDEA K9 handlers and their newly-acquired narcotic detection dogs (NDDs) partners have undergone six (6) months of intensive training to prepare them to provide support in anti-illegal drug operations.
The procurement of 100 NDDs is worth PHP42.5 million.
The K9 training of the 100 newly-recruited PDEA K9 handlers and their newly-acquired narcotic detection dogs (NDDs), includes the familiarization with substances subject for detection, understanding of K9 behavior, dog’s drive development, substance printing, indication to improve the dog’s ability to distinguish scents of illegal drugs, and scent discrimination to develop the dog’s ability to differentiate odors of illicit substances, among others.

This development is expected to bolster PDEA’s monitoring and interdiction capabilities in the country’s airports and seaports, sweeping searches on baggage, cargoes and parcels, events monitoring, greyhound operations in jails and custodial facilities, and detection of New Psychoactive Substances being rampantly used as party drugs.
"These new K9 handlers and NDDs will be deployed to the different PDEA Regional Offices and Seaport Interdiction Units nationwide. Overall, PDEA K9 Unit has a total of 171 NDDs, while 37 retired hero dogs were adopted by their new families. Four NDDs were selected for the breeding program," Aquino told reporters.
“The superior sense of smell of dogs, which is a thousand times stronger than humans, makes them a valuable tool in the detection of concealed illegal drugs. The dog’s natural capability, when properly trained and assisted by their handlers, continues to be an invaluable asset in the ongoing war against illegal drugs,” he added

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Report from PNA

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