Sniffing dogs help secure Pinoys

THREE kinds of bomb and drug-sniffing dogs are now deployed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals to keep the country safe and secure.

The Bureau of Animal Quarantine said the first K-9s deployed were bomb-sniffing dogs, followed by drug sniffing dogs and the latest are three meat sniffing canines to prevent in-coming passengers from bringing in animal meat that could cause the spread of the deadly swine fever.

Right after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks against the United States, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) acquired several bomb-sniffing dogs to prevent any attempt of suspected terrorists in the Philippines to duplicate the September 11 bombing.

Several years ago, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) at NAIA acquired several drug-sniffing dogs to prevent the entry of illegal drugs in the country, and later on Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) came to help customs in detecting illegal drugs coming mostly from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

Years later, drugs like cocaine are now detected coming from Brazil, Nigeria and some parts of Europe and are intercepted by the combined efforts of Customs and PDEA.

The drug syndicates have shifted their strategy by sending their drugs to warehouses including the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC).

BoC-NAIA under the leadership of NAIA-Customs district collector Mimel Talusan and  supportive teams have also confiscated and arrested several persons who tried to smuggle in and out of the country endangered species including sea corals, spiders and all kinds of lizards and snakes.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said they are coordinating with other government agencies to ensure that the airport is safe and secure for passengers and other airport users.