FOLLOWING the discovery of illegal drugs floating in the open sea of Dinagat Island and Surigao del Norte, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will strengthen the monitoring and patrol operation of their maritime unit in the different shorelines nationwide.
This was bared by PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.
Albayalde said the PNP already started a full blown modernization of its maritime unit.
Part of the modernization plan is to procure additional motorized patrol boats and recruitment and training of more personnel for maritime operations.
It can be recalled that almost P2 billion worth of shabu were seized in a raid on the warehouse in Cavite that resulted in the death of two foreigners.
Accordingly, illegal drugs seized in the said warehouse were fetched from the high seas and were brought to the area for repacking and distribution.
Just last week a total of 88 bricks of cocaine were recovered off the waters of Dinagat Island and Surigao del Norte.
The cocaine bricks are believed to have been dropped for pick-up and transport to other countries.
For his part, PNP Maritime Group director Police Chief Supt. Rodelio Jocson said 28 gunboats have been procured last year.
Of the 27 gunboats, seven are already been delivered while the remaining 21 are expected to be turned over to them this year.
Jocson said they will buy 18 more gunboats this year.
He said these gunboats will be very helpful in the improvement of their capability.
Aside from gunboats , several drones will also be delivered to the Maritime Group.
He said the drones will complement the patrol and other operations of Maritime Group personnel on board the gunboats.
Jocson said the procurement of drones comes with the construction of drone centers and training of drone pilots.