Philippine Coast Guard K9 Force Commander Commodore Nelson B. Torre (third from left), U.S. Embassy in the Philippines INL Maritime Law Enforcement Advisor Mark Everson (third from right), and U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Commander Mike Ross (second from right) attend the ceremonial turnover of donated detection equipment.
Manila, November 16, 2021—The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) recently donated drug detection and analysis equipment valued at more than Php3.5 million ($70,000) to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) K9 Force in support of U.S.-Philippine cooperation to counter maritime crimes.
During a November 12 ceremony at PCG K9 Force headquarters in Taguig City, K9 Force Commander, Commodore Nelson B. Torre, formally received two handheld drug analyzers and 15 telescopic camera (borescope) detection units for distribution to various field units throughout the Philippines.
The equipment was the second INL donation of drug detection equipment to the K9 Force. In early 2020, INL donated four handheld drug analyzers that the PCG and its partners have used effectively in interdiction efforts.
During the November 12 ceremony, guest of honor Rear Adm. Ronnie Gil L. Gavan, commander of PCG’s Maritime Security and Law Enforcement Command, expressed his appreciation for the continued U.S. assistance and highlighted the critical role of the K9 Force in accomplishing PCG’s mission. INL and its U.S. partner agencies are working with PCG to explore additional opportunities to support K9 Force development.