CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – The 6th Infantry Division hosted today February 4, 2019 a capability enhancement program on Narcotics Investigation Course for members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police here at the Kampilan Officer’s Clubhouse.
The activity was organized by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) and sponsored by the Province of Maguindanao. It focused on the proper handling of seized drug and non-drug evidence.
PDEA-BARMM Regional Director Juvenal Azurin said that the activity is a venue to align the efforts of the law enforcement agencies in prosecution and filing of drug cases.
“Our efforts are not measured on how many arrests, how many drugs confiscated but on the prosecution and conviction of drug personalities,” Director Azurin said.
“One of the highlights on the program of the Province of Maguindanao is peace and order situation and the importance of this activity is the collaboration of the investigation, operation and conviction of drug personalities,” Maguindanao Provincial Administrator Mohajeran Balayman said.
In his message, Joint Task Force Central Commander, Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon said the focus of the current administration is to control, if not eradicate, the illegal drugs in the country.
He emphasized the need to know the respective roles of the law enforcers and military in the team when they operate.
“We in the Armed Forces of the Philippines will be your muscle in every drug operation especially in critical places,” Maj. Gen. Carreon added.
The participants coming from the Army and Police units assigned in Maguindanao were divided into 5 batches for the training to be conducted this month of February 2020. The first batch was composed of personnel from 7th Infantry Battalion, 40th Infantry Battalion, 57th Infantry Battalion and 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion of Joint Task Force Central. Participants from the police units in Maguindanao were from Mangudadatu, Datu Montawal, Pagalungan, Paglat, Pandag, Buluan, Datu Paglas, Ampatuan and Datu Abdullah Sangki Municipal Police Stations.