The Philippine Coast Guard in Negros Occidental beefed up the Safety, Security and Environmental Numbering System of privateboats weighing three gross tons and below, while personnel at the 13 coast guard sub-stations were reshuffled.
The Philippine Drugs Enforcement Ageny-6 regional director Emerson Margate, in one of his interviews in Bacolod City recently, said the supply of illegal drugs recently seized in Negros Island, appears to have passed through the backdoor from Malaysia to Zamboanga Peninsula to private ports in Negros.
Margate cited the similarity of packaging of the recent big drug haul in Negros, including six kilos worth P72 million in San Carlos City, P5.1 million in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, and the two kilos or about P23.6 million in Dumaguete City.
Lt. Commander Ludovico Librilla, said yesterday that inthe SSENS, the boats are subjected to a numbering system so authorities can easily determine what area they came from.
“We are intensifying our security involving small boats because contrabands can still be smuggled through them, as they are no longer passing through ports, but rather,they dock directly at any shorelines,” Librilla said.
He said they have close-coordination with the barangay officials and fishermenin the coastal areas in Negros. They were instructed to report immediately to the coast guard any suspicious boats or personalities along the coast line.
The PCG is likewise inspecting any monitored suspicious fishing and cargo vessels docked at ports in Negros, he said.
The PCG’s alert status is currently at a maximum level, Librilla added.*SGG
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