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22 teams graduate from PDEA's K-9 boot camp

The participants from PDEA, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine National Police-Cordillera and the Philippine Marines showed off their skills at the graduation ceremony Thursday. The STAR/Romina Cabrera

MANILA, Philippines — Law enforcement agencies will be able to field 22 new K-9 teams against illegal drugs after 12 weeks of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s K-9 unit basic handlers’ course.

The participants from PDEA, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine National Police-Cordillera and the Philippine Marine Corps showed off their skills at the graduation ceremony Thursday.

The 12-week course focused on the development of skills and techniques in handling narcotic dogs and in conducting checkpoint operations and airport and seaport interdictions.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said that sniffer dogs, when properly trained, can be inexpensive but indispensable assets to combat the drug problem in the country.

Aquino said PDEA had already requested an additional budget for the acquisition of narcotics detection dogs with training worth half a million pesos for each.

PDEA needs around 200 dogs to aid the agency in its "less bloody" anti-drug campaign, Aquino added.

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The Senate Finance committee is eyeing to realign the P900 million in the proposed 2018 budget of PNP earmarked for its Oplan Double Barrel to the as PDEA, which President Rodrigo Duterte has designated the sole agency in the war on drugs.

The Senate initially gave PDEA a proposed 2018 budget amounting to P2.59 billion but this when the PNP was leading the drug war .

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