United States Hands Over Php3.6 Million in Anti-Drug Equipment to Bureau of Customs

BOC Commissioner Leonardo B. Guerrero (left) showcases the donated equipment along with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Country Attaché Christopher Adduci (center) and U.S. Embassy Director for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kelia Cummins (right).

Manila, December 3, 2020 — On December 3, representatives from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration joined Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials for the handover of U.S.-funded equipment at BOC Headquarters in Port Area, Manila.

The three donated handheld drug analyzers, valued at Php3.6 million ($75,000), will be used by BOC officials to counter drug flows into the Philippines.

In his remarks, BOC Commissioner Leonardo B. Guerrero stated, “This equipment will greatly contribute to our effort against illegal drugs.” U.S. Embassy INL Director Kelia Cummins noted, “We are pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to the Bureau of Customs’ operational capability.”